NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament: A Case Study

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Causal Argument The National Collegiate Athletic Association has hosted the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament for 81 years.(NCAA) This tournament is watched by millions all throughout the country. It is composed of the best division one teams in the nation. The decision on whether a team gets to be in the tournament or not is decided by the NCAA Division I men’s basketball committee. Each member of the Division I men's basketball committee evaluates a vast amount of information during the selection process. Their opinions are developed through observations, discussions with coaches, directors of athletics and commissioners, and review and comparison of data about each team. All of these things put together ultimately determine selections, seeding ,and bracketing.(NCAA) Once the teams have been selected and the brackets have been set is when the fun really begins for the fans. People from all over the country put their basketball knowledge to the test and try to predict the…show more content…
The teams play each other and the winner advances into the next round. In the first round the one and sixteen seeds play one another, then the two and fifteen seeds play each other and so on until all the teams have played and the winners advance into the next round. On that note, the NCAA tournament has a very well deserved nickname. Most people refer to the tournament as “March Madness”. It is called March Madness because regardless of a team’s record or seeding before the tournament, once it starts all bets are off and anything can happen. Upsets are a common occurrence in the tournament and they always keep things exciting. An upset is defined in Webster dictionary as “to defeat unexpectedly”(Webster) such as a twelve seed beating a five seed or a one seed losing to a sixteen
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