March Madness Comes to an End


Stephanie Franklin

Photo of Jackson Martin Playing Basketball

The well-beloved month of college basketball comes to end as the month changes. The NCAA’s Division 1 basketball tournament is a single-elimination tournament of 68 teams that compete in seven rounds for the national championship. The penultimate round is called the final four when only four teams are left, competing for the championship spot. The Connecticut Huskies won their 5th national title Monday by beating the San Diego State Aztecs 76-59. UConn’s Tristen Newton had 19 points and 10 rebounds while “The Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player”, Adam Sanogo, dropped 17 points and 10 rebounds on Monday finishing the tournament with their win. The Aztecs’ past games have been quite close with them beating Florida Atlantic in the Final Four due to a miracle buzzer-beater. 

The girls’ championship game was just as exhilarating. LSU won its first NCAA national title, beating Iowa 102-85 victory on Sunday. Iowa didn’t go down without a fight though, as their star player Caitlin Clark was yearning to win. The game was rough but had the most points ever scored during a women’s title game. Jasmine Carson led LSU with 21 points in the first half and 22 points in the whole game.

Jackson Martin, a freshman at Palisade said, “I love watching and playing basketball, so March Madness is always really fun for me. I think the games were pretty interesting this year and so were the teams that took home the championship title. I’m definitely excited for next year and see how certain teams improve over the year. ”

As the month closes many basketball fans already are waiting for next year’s March Madness.