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March Madness is a college basketball tournament where 68 teams from around the country compete against each other to win the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championship. Just a few years ago the committee expanded the number of teams from 64 to 68, giving four more teams a chance to advance. So the lowest 8 play each other the Tuesday immediately after the selection. The rest of the games begin Thursday or Friday. During March Madness, people fill out a fantasy bracket where they pick who they think will win the competition.

The odds of filling out a perfect bracket are 1 in 2 billion depending on the year. Picking a perfect Sweet 16 is about 1 in 1 million. Even billionaire Warren Buffett has promised to pay anyone with a perfect pool $1 million and nobody has ever won.

A lot of people who don’t follow College basketball will watch games in this tournament. It’s very exciting for people to root for their picks even if they have no affiliation with the college. People love when an underdog beats the favorite, and the earlier it happens the better.

The four top seeds in this year’s NCAA tournament are Villanova, Xavier, University of Virginia and Kansas University.

“Dukes going to win,” said Brendan Scanlon.

“Villanova is going all the way,” said St. Huberts senior Amber Linder.

Kevin Schaeffer thinks that Arizona is going to win.

The final four this year happens in San Antonio, TX on March 31 and the Championship game happens on April 2

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