• By Philip Green

Sports Editorial: The return of March Madness

The NCAA March Madness tournament has come to a close, and it was a great one. After the cancellation of the 2020 tournament due to the pandemic, this year’s event lived up to the anticipation with wild upsets, busted brackets, and buzzer beaters.

The 2021 tournament wrapped up with a defensive domination by Baylor as they ruined Gonzaga’s pursuit for a perfect season. Prior to reaching the championship, Gonzaga had to knock off the upset-minded UCLA Bruins. UCLA forced the game into overtime, and it took a buzzer beating three-pointer from Jalen Suggs to win the game.

Immediately following the shot from the freshman phenom, the sports world instantly began debating the greatness of the show and the game itself.

There have been tons of all-time great shots in NCAA basketball history, including Christian Laettner’s shot for Duke to beat Kentucky in the Elite Eight or Villanova’s Kris Jenkins buzzer beater in the national championship against North Carolina. Not to mention Jenkins’ shot came following the double clutch, three-point circus shot Marcus Paige hit to tie the game.

Arguments will go on forever about which shot and game was the best, but regardless of who takes that crown, one thing is for certain: it’s great to have March Madness back.

There’s nothing like filling out brackets, watching buzzer beaters, and cheering for the Cinderella team — there’s nothing like March Madness. We missed it and we’re so glad it’s back.

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