March is a big month in the state of Indiana. College basketball March Madness is a huge deal all around the country, especially in basketball’s home state of Indiana. The excitement brought about by 68 college basketball teams battling for a championship is unprecedented.
Students and staff at Blackhawk are not immune to the excitement of the season. Many have competitions for the best bracket and can be found frequently checking the scores of the games through the school day.
The Hoosier State was well-represented in this year’s tournament, with five teams making the field: Indiana, Purdue, Butler, Valparaiso, and Notre Dame. Notre Dame advanced the farthest out of these teams, making it to the Elite Eight before narrowly falling to a then-undefeated Kentucky team.
This tournament has offered some phenomenal basketball games. As it is every year, a number of upsets has occurred; one 1-seed and two 2-seeds have been knocked out before the Sweet Sixteen. The Final Four included three 1-seeds in Kentucky, Wisconsin, and Duke, but also a surprising 7-seed, Michigan State.
Duke handled Michigan State easily in the first game of the Final Four by a score of 81-61. The second Final Four game, between Kentucky and Wisconsin, was a game for the ages. Kentucky came in with a perfect 38-0 record, and Wisconsin entered the game with a 35-3 record. The game was a teeter-tot affair, with both teams going back and forth with the lead. Wisconsin ended up winning the game by a final score of 71-64, ending Kentucky aspirations for a perfect season. Wisconsin will play Duke in the National Championship Game on Monday, April 6th at 9 P.M. at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
To give some perspective on how unpredictable this tournament has been, consider that just 14 brackets out of over 11.5 million brackets submitted at ESPN.com picked the Sweet Sixteen finalists correctly. That is astounding.
Enjoy watching the final, championship game of the tournament tonight, April 6th at 9 P.M.