Forget that your bracket is busted. Because of course it is. No one could have put Oregon and South Carolina alongside Gonzaga and North Carolina. But just because your bracket is busted doesn’t mean the tournament is.

And if losing an office pool means you’ve lost interest, then you’re missing the point of the tournament. Anything can happen. And does. And that mantra holds true every, damn, year.

And while this year was pretty chalky the first four days, all it did was set up unbelievable matchups for the Sweet 16 and Elite 8.

Four Sweet 16 games decided by one bucket… 11-seeded Xavier knocking off Arizona. An OT thriller between Florida and Wisconsin that saw the Gators land the last haymaker at the buzzer. And Michigan’s incredible March coming to an end. All set up for Oregon shocking Kansas and an INSTANT CLASSIC that sent Kentucky home and made former walk-on Luke Maye a Carolina hero. And now we’ve got a Final Four no one saw coming, but one that is absolutely going to deliver.

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