Every year, we have March madness come to our screens. It’s an incredible basketball event which never fails to generate some incredible action. But like a lot of crazy and high-profile events, there’s also a unique sense of terminology – phrases and terms which are unique to the event.
Learning them all is not easy, and it is something which a lot of people struggle to do on a regular basis. But why is this the case? Well, we thought that we would take a look at some of the different options you have available to you when it comes to getting the most from these events, and so we’ve glanced at some of the key terms you’ll want to know.
So, let’s kick this off by taking a look at one of the most important terms in the book – selection Sunday. What is it, and why is it so important? Well, you’ll just have to wait and see. Basically, this is a reference to the official beginning of the event. The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee will reveal the 68 teams chosen for the championship, and then the event is considered to be underway. In this particular instance, the event begins on the 15th of March this year. This is more something for the hardcore fans – their chance to swap stories and info about the experience, see if their predictions were correct, etc.
Perhaps one of the most important terms behind March Madness are the brackets. These are incredibly important because they govern exactly how play will commence. What you get with these brackets are the tree-like diagrams you always see, which come inward until they reach two teams competing against each other in the finals. To compliment the tree diagrams, March madness will take the form of single elimination games from start to finish. There is typically an element of friendly banter here – people discuss at great lengths what kind of experience they want to have when it comes to these brackets, and also potentially complain when their team is matched up against someone who could be a challenge.
One and Done
Another important term to learn is one and done. Why is this the case? Well, it’s got a lot to do with the fact that when you’re “one and done”, you’re out after a single loss. This ties into the single elimination idea.
The concept of single elimination really helps to amp up the drama and make sure that people give it their all. There is a genuine sense of competition which really can only come from having such high stakes. Unless there is a genuine risk of failure, people will not perform at their best because they don’t need to. So this single elimination type system really helps to increase the tension in each match and give the competition a genuine urgency.
Survive and Advance
The final key term which we are going to glance at is survive and advance. This refers to the strategy commonly employed by most teams during the early stages of the tournament. Basically, it refers to surviving the opening matches, and then hoping to generate some kind of hot streak, which will effectively allow them to climb the ranks high enough to put a decent ranking in.
Survive in advance is most commonly seen with teams that are not at a professional level, those that are merely entering for charity runs or simply for entertainment purposes. It’s quite wishful thinking in the grand scheme of things, but it does happen from time to time, which is why a lot of fans are quite prepared to stake their reputation or a lot of money on this tactic.
So, all things considered, this is one of the most general collections of terms which you would like in counter during March madness. Basketball has obviously been a very prominent sport for a long time, and March madness is almost always the best way for teams to enter and have a good time, but there is an element of strategy and terminology which comes into play. Understanding these terms is key to being able to accurately interpret what is going on in the different matches, and to create a very unique sense of camaraderie with other players and fans. Learning the terminology just takes time, but it is worth it in the grand scheme of things when you have successfully interpreted everything that’s going on and then been able to deliver a retort with equally esoteric terminology. Try introducing a few of the terms at first just to get the hang of them, and then as you become more confident and fluent, you can begin to incorporate more into your vocabulary.