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Today starts the ultimate chaos that is March Madness. The group of teams playing in the Round of 64 tip off throughout the day today for what could be the last game of their season; or the first of 6 on a miraculous run to a national championship. The NCAA Tournament is one of the biggest sporting events in the nation and arguably the most entertaining, and I am oh so fortunate to announce to you all that I will be writing to you straight from the source here in Orlando, Florida, the host-site for multiple “Second Round” games: Saint Louis, North Carolina State, Louisville, Manhattan, Florida, Albany, Colorado and Pittsburgh. This is my third year in a row attending such an event and I am very blessed with such an opportunity. Special thanks to my grandfather, Richard!
Today, March 20th, I am privileged enough to see both my beloved Billikens take on the North Carolina State Wolfpack, and the Cardinals of Louisville versus the Manhattan Jaspers. If I am able to bring home a Billiken win, I will be staying to see them play once again on Saturday against the winner of the Louisville-Manhattan game.
To say I am anxious would be the understatement of the century, and counting down the hours until tip-off at 7:20 ET has become an extremely tedious chore. Immediately afterwards will be the tip-off for the following match-up to determine who will be meeting on Saturday.
Tonight, despite being the higher seeded team in the 5-12 match-up, should prove to be a very difficult game; especially considering Saint Louis’s struggles lately. Saint Louis has lost 4 of their last 5 games coming into today’s bout with a talented Wolfpack team, so let’s hope that momentum does not play too big of a role! One large advantage the Billikens have coming into this evening is rest. The Billikens discovered their fate on Sunday after the Selection Show, whereas the Wolfpack had to travel to Dayton, Ohio to play the Musketeers of Xavier University, where the winner was the only to move on to the Round of 64. That being said, the Billikens should be playing with a lot more rest under their belt than the Wolfpack who had to travel to Orlando after a late 8:00 CT game on Tuesday evening, so fatigue should not be a factor.
If you’re kind enough to clear your schedule this evening, the game tips off at 6:20 CT on TNT. Keep an eye out for yours truly cheering loudly amongst my cousins Will, Brett, Patrick, Adam, and Luke. Go Bills!