Basketball Buzz

“When you’re a basketball fan, March Madness is like a dream come true because it lasts for a whole month.” – BuzzFeed (#1 Reason from the 23 Reasons March Madness Is The Most Wonderful Time of the Year)

The first full day of March Madness tips off this afternoon, with 64 teams playing 63 edge-of-your-seat, single-elimination games, according to USA Today. The article, March Madness: Frenzy reaches new heights, states that “People love to talk about and argue about sports.” Because of this, the social media trends that revolve around March Madness have significantly grown, even since last year! Check out some of the conversations, predictions, and expectations that people have been making about the NCAA basketball tournament.

Wichita State

Last year, the Wichita State Shockers were the No. 9 seed that reached the Final Four. “Wichita State now wears the target with a 34-0 record, No. 2 national ranking and as the No. 1-seeded team in the Midwest Regional.” Coach Gregg Marshall says that while last year, they were a “fuzzy, warm story,” this year people just keep asking “When are you going to lose?” According to Marshall, the bottom line is that they have to play. With that said, Wichita State is the first team to enter the NCAA tournament undefeated since Nevada Las Vegas in 1991. I wonder how they will do! To learn more about their journey, read the article “This time, Wichita State has the major target on its back.”

University of Virginia

Although Virginia secured the final No. 1 seed after they won the ACC tournament, some people are questionable of how the Cavaliers will perform. According to International Business Times – Sports, the University of Virginia is the “least decorated in the top four”, does not have any NCAA titles in their resume, and have the worst record among the four squads. Read “2014 NCAA  March Madness Bracket: Why Florida, Arizona, Virginia, and Wichita State are Vulnerable to Upsets in the Big Dance, for more information on this.

Stephen F. Austin

Everyone loves a good underdog story and the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks just might be the upset to look out for during March Madness. The SFA Men’s Basketball team is the No. 12 seed and there are some people out there who are expecting them to beat the No. 5 seed, which is the VCU Rams. As one of three teams in the country to finish conference play undefeated, there are multiple reasons why the Lumberjacks are a popular pick for an upset on Friday. Find out why by reading  the SB Nation article, “NCAA Tournament 2014: The many reasons to love Stephen F. Austin.”

Bold Basketball Apps

Feeling bold enough to stay connected to the games even though you’re stuck at school or work? Then check out these helpful March Madness Apps:

  • CBS Sports – “Features scores, stats, and tweets, plus it streams live video and on-demand highlights and analysis.”
  • FanCake – “Awards you points for every game you watch, which you can then cash in for prizes such as tickets and gear.”
  • NCAA March Madness Live – Use it to stream live games — though it requires you to log in with your cable subscription — or catch up on highlights and recaps. You can also set up game alerts!
  • NCAA Sports – “Lets you pick your favorite schools to follow for quick access to content and custom scoring alerts, in addition to live video, scores, schedules, and coverage of the March Madness championship games. “
  • TheScore Mobile  – Recently updated for March Madness, this app features “an interactive bracket view to track your teams and a March Madness Upset Tracker, which alerts you at various points in a game when a lower-ranked team is ahead. You’ll get your fill of videos, articles, photos, and other sports news from this app, too.”

Learn more about how to keep up with upsets, highlights, wins, and losses by reading “5 March Madness Apps: Yeah Baby!” and don’t forget to follow the NCAA March Madness Facebook and Twitter accounts for the latest news and updates.

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If you plan on visiting any of the locations that the games will take place in, make it easy on yourself and use these Hertz NeverLost download codes to guide you if you rent a Hertz vehicle.

Code Event Event Type Location
MDAY March Madness – First Four NCAA Basketball Dayton, OH
MMAH March Madness – 2nd/3rd Rounds – Buffalo NCAA Basketball Buffalo, NY
MMKY March Madness – 2nd/3rd Rounds – Milwaukee NCAA Basketball Milwaukee, WI
MMUT March Madness – 2nd/3rd Rounds – Orlando NCAA Basketball Orlando, FL
MMSJ March Madness – 2nd/3rd Rounds – Spokane NCAA Basketball Spokane, WA
MMAU March Madness – 2nd/3rd Rounds – Raleigh NCAA Basketball Raleigh, NC
MDAY March Madness – 2nd/3rd Rounds – San Antonio NCAA Basketball San Antonio, TX
MMMO March Madness – 2nd/3rd Rounds – San Diego NCAA Basketball San Diego, CA
MMPA March Madness – 2nd/3rd Rounds – St. Louis NCAA Basketball St. Louis, MO
MMSR March Madness – South Regional NCAA Basketball Memphis, TN
MMLA March Madness – West Regional NCAA Basketball Anaheim, CA
MMDC March Madness – East Regional NCAA Basketball New York, NY
MMIN March Madness – Midwest Regional NCAA Basketball Indianapolis, IN
FOUR March Madness – Final Four NCAA Basketball Arlington, TX
WFFT Women’s Final Four NCAA Basketball Nashville, TN

Enjoy the tournament!

Melissa Woodring 🙂

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