A month synonymous with the stunning upsets, startling buzzer-beaters, and scintillating battles that make up the NCAA Tournament.
March was the goal for 351 teams when practice began in October, and games in November. Just 68 accomplished their goal of making it here, while the dreams of the rest ended in agony and heartbreak.
For each it is the consummation of a season’s-long effort, whether they are here for the 57th time, like Kentucky, or the first, like Northern Kentucky.
For the fortunate field of 68 who accomplished their goal of being alive come March, their goal now shifts to still being alive come April, and becoming one of the four to earn a fateful trip to Phoenix.
The journey there will require skill, determination, and perseverance in each individual contest to achieve victory, as the number of those still alive quickly dwindles.
The goal for each contest is to survive and advance. The goal for this thrilling three weeks is to be the only one still surviving and claim the crown of a championship.