Did you know that around 70 million brackets are filled out each year for the NCAA March Madness tournament? People all over the country and all over campus are preparing for a very intense and exciting month. 

Many students make brackets with friends and family to create competition. 

“My buddies and I love to print out brackets and pick who we think is going to win,” ISU student Timothy Molinari said. “It’s a tradition we have been doing together since middle school.”

Other students get together for food to enjoy while watching the games. 

“I always like to get together with the friends and have a good meal to eat,” said ISU student Sawyer Laffoon. 

Some even go all out during the month of March. 

“On the first weekend of the tournament we get together to have pizza and wings and have six T.V. screens going on at once with all of the games on them,” said Molinari.

To help prepare for the March Madness tip-off, the Bayh College of Education is hosting an event on March 11 from 1-3 p.m. There will be free popcorn for all students in the University Hall Atrium. This event is to also help celebrate Give to Blue Day, as the Bayh College of Education will be collecting donations for Dean’s initiatives such as the Grosjean Clinic and student scholarships. The Public Relations Student Society of America will also be hosting events throughout the week on campus.

The Terre Haute community is also getting involved with madness. The Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce is hosting an event on March 20 to engage the community in the playoffs and will include free appetizers. 

Prior to March Madness, many students get the opportunity to support the Sycamores in St. Louis. The Men’s Basketball team is going to St. Louis this weekend to try and claim their spot amid the madness and onto the bracket.  

Students of the basketball band, cheerleading, and the Sparkettes all get to enjoy a trip to Arch Madness, to help hype up our Sycamores.  

“My favorite part of the tournament is traveling away some place even if it’s for a day or two. It’s great to be away from the stress of classes and experience a new city,” basketball band member Jenny Runge, said. “I’ve never been to St. Louis before, so I’m excited to actually see the arch.”

Whether you get to experience games in person or enjoy them from the comfort of your couch, the month of March is exciting for students across campus. When enjoying pizza and friendly competition, just remember, the chance of getting a perfect bracket is 1 in 9.2 quintillion, according to the NCAA website.

March On!