March Madness is just a few weeks away! Once the Tournament gets underway the field of 68 teams battle it out for the NCAA Championship title. The road to the championship is a somewhat bumpy one with various obstacles along the way. One of the most intense moments in the tournament is when only 8 teams remain in the dance. This point in the midst of March Madness is referred to as the Elite 8 and It falls between the Sweet 16 and the Final 4. The Elite 8 is formally known as either the regional finals or the national quarterfinals when referring to NCAA Men’s or Woman’s Division I Basketball. The survivors from the Elite 8 go on to make up the even more elite group known as the Final 4.
Although every team has the chance to reach the Elite 8, the lowest seeded Men’s Division I team to ever make an Elite 8 appearance was ranked 12th. In 2002 No.12 ranked Missouri successfully upset the No.5, No.4 and No.8 ranked teams to earn their Elite 8 spot before being eliminated by No.2 ranked Oklahoma in the Final 4. In contrast there have been at least eight No.11 seeds to make an Elite 8 appearance over the years. It’s also not uncommon to see 3 of the 4 No.1 ranked teams in the tournament still alive leading into the regional finals.
On March 17th the NCAA Tournament brackets will be announced giving bettors the chance to make their picks. Follow the tournament round after round to see where your team fares and which teams get knocked out. This year Oklahoma brings scoring leader Trae Young to the dance. Young is averaging 28.3 points and 9.2 assists as a freshman at Oklahoma. Most team’s strength is apparent based on their rankings in the AP polls whereas others depend on the numbers that players like Trae Young produce. If the Oklahoma Sooners make it out of the first rounds they are a shoe-in for the Elite 8.
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