March Madness is about to descend upon the USA, as 68 men’s and 64 women’s college basketball teams come together to battle it out to find out who’s the best. Ending in Houston, this year’s competition looks as fierce as ever.
Welcome to March Madness, when the NCAA Men’s and women’s Basketball teams compete for the Championships. The men’s tournament was founded in 1939 by the National Association of Basketball coaches, while the women’s teams followed during 1981-82 season. For those unfamiliar with it, 347 D1 men’s and 345 D1 women’s college teams from across the country are eagerly looking forward to Selection Sunday when the NCAA committee announces the top 68 men’s and 64 women’s teams who will be competing in each of the four geographical regions and their corresponding rankings.
Traditionally, the highest seeds (numbers 1 through 8) have enjoyed more success than the lower seeds (numbers 9 through 16), making the lower seeded potential "Cinderellas" of the tournament, with many people choosing to get behind these underdogs as they take on the higher seeded teams. The higher ranked teams will play against the lower ranked teams within their region such as, #1 will play #16, #2 plays #15 and so on. If a team wins the game, they move onto the next round, however is they lose, they are out until next year. The winners of each region will advance to the Final Four and compete in Houston until there is an overall winner, the champion of college basketball.
The final games are all being held in Houston at the NRG Stadium, a multi-purpose stadium also used during the Super Bowl and other sporting events. Previously known as the Reliant Stadium, it has a capacity of 71,795 and has a total area of 1,900,000 square feet. It has hosted the Final Four before, in 2011 as well as the south regional finals in 2008, 2010 and 2015. Houston itself is a great spot for anyone planning on heading over to support their team should they make it. We’ve got a foodies guide ready, as Houston is well known for its eclectic array of cuisine, as well as plenty of American favourites. There are also plenty of outdoor activities available nearby, as well as a great many quirky boutique shops and a thriving art scene.