March Madness Ends in Madness


Jayden Barfuss, Staff Writer

March Madness is always full of amazing basketball-crazy upsets and wild games, and this year was no different. As the Kansas Jayhawks defeated the North Carolina Tarheels 72-69 to win the national championship, fans celebrated the end of an amazing season.

The first round of March Madness was pretty straightforward, with all of the favorites winning pretty easily. For example #8 seed North Carolina beat #9 Marquette 95-63, and many other favorites won.

However, one favorite expected to go far took a surprising first-round exit: the #2 seed Kentucky Wildcats, when they lost to #15 seed St Peter’s Peacocks 85-79 in overtime. This was the first major upset in March Madness 2022. 

The first round came to an end as there were only 32 teams left. The second round was just as crazy. In this round, there were 3 major upsets as the Tennesee Volunteers were defeated by the Michigan Wolverines 76-68, and the St Peter’s Peacocks’ miracle season continued with a win over Murray State 70-60.

The final upset was the North Carolina Tar Heels defeating defending champs 93-86. After blowing a 25 point lead, Carolina found a way to survive. The Sweet 16 was certainly sweet as the #1 overall seed Gonzaga Bulldogs were defeated by the Arkansas Razorbacks, 74-68, and knocked the bulldogs out in another disappointing march.

The Duke Blue devils got past the Texas Tech Raiders, and again St Peters found a way to win beating 3 seed Purdue 67-64.

As the tournament got tighter, so did the games.  The elite 8 was nothing short of great; however, Duke and North Carolina won pretty easy setting up a great final four where North Carolina defeats duke and ends Coach K’s career and Kansas defeats Villanova to set up a great final where Kansas ended up the winners winning 72-69. 

As college basketball comes to an end, we can look back at this great tournament and wait for more next year.