March Madness, that beautiful time of year, is upon us once again.
Die-hard hoops fans and casual office pool participants alike will be checking their phones and computers frantically as the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship kicks off this week.
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With office-wide bragging rights at stake and the (near-impossible) shot to win a cold $1 billion from Warren Buffet, it can feel like the ritual of filling out a bracket outweighs the actual games themselves.
But this compilation from ESPN of last-second game winners during the 2013-14 regular season reminds us why we really obsess over this tournament year. The single-elimination format of the tournament — as opposed to the seven-game series used in the NBA, NHL, and MLB playoffs — means thrilling underdog victories throughout the tournament.
So even if your bracket falls apart during the first weekend, as it often does for so many, don’t make the mistake of tuning out the tournament. Every game has the potential for a thrilling conclusion — for proof, look no further than the video atop this post.
The Round of 64 begins on Thursday March 20 at 12:15 p.m. ET. Will you be watching?