March Madness: an impactful war and recap

With the passing of the tournament, McLean is experiencing mixed feelings after UNC's victory

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Michael Redding, Sports author

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March Madness was a series of highlights as well as low lights especially when your favorite team loses to a low seeded team. Teams such as Duke had such high expectations for the tourney but belt before reaching the elite eight. The tournament really showed that its not the best players who win, but the best team.

When it was all set and done, the North Carolina Tar heels were crowned as champions as they defeated the Gonzaga Bulldogs in a battle that was close to the line. “It felt so good so good to finally win a championship after the Tar heels fell to Villanova last year,” junior Jake Parker said.

When the light shined the brightest, the champions emerge in clutch situations. The Tar heels had great support from their all American line up of Justin Jackson and Kennedy Meeks.

“UNC had been very dominant this season and I hope to see more of the dominance next year,” Junior Chris Schram said. Their players have had magical performances on college basketball’s most anticipated stage. Players such as Christian Lattner, Grant Hill, Jahlil Oakafor, Shane Battier, and Justice Winslow have proven they can dominate in the tournament as well as carry their teams to win the tournament.

Their dreams of professional athletic success began in the tournament. UNC fans at McLean have shown their love for the tournament and continuous support and representation of their team. It’s the loyalty and passion that really makes College fans stand out as opposed to other schools. A decent portion for the representation of the University of North Carolina resides in McLean. Looking back at the previous year, where Duke won with an NBA loaded roster, Duke failed to continue the success by winning the entire tournament and the hatred and doubters were right about the Blue Devils

At the 2015 NCAA tournament where Villanova won it all, they were not successful at repeating and winning the national championship. Several colleges’ programs have been hurt from constant violations such as the University of Miami and Syracuse who failed to qualify. Former ACC member, Maryland, failed to make it to the final four as they were a prime bust in this years bracket.

Maryland fan, junior Sean Senft, hoped for the best of luck for his beloved college but obstacles overcame Maryland.

“Maryland is looked pretty good this season from the standout freshmen Anthony Cowan… but UNC has always been a tough rival for basketball,” Senft said. UNC has been a tough team for the majority of the NCAA league but especially for Duke. Duke continued to show excellence from standouts such as Jason Tatum and Harry Giles. Boys junior varsity basketball coach Terry Johnson avidly acclaims his love from the blue devils.

“Duke has a history of dominating in the ACC and they will still dominate today but next year will be the best,” Johnson said.

UCLA fan, senior Natalya James, continues her support of the  dominate Bruins.

“I believe the Bruins have the caliber this year to bring success to UCLA,” senior Natalya James said. Looking at the PAC12, the UCLA Bruins have shown through the leadership of Lonzo Ball and TJ Leaf, they can dominate in and out of their conference which brings the question if they can translate this to the tournament next year.

 

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