NCAA BASKETBALL | The Best Time of Year

02/27/2017 07:52 AM

Sports fans have their favorite sporting events each year.

For example, to many, nothing beats Super Bowl Sunday.

For me, nothing beats the Indianapolis 500.

But, when it comes to the best “time period” of the year, it has to be when the NCAA basketball postseason tournaments take place. And lucky for us, a handful of those get started this week.

It feels like just yesterday that the college basketball season started, doesn’t it?

Well, fast forward to now and we already have conference tournaments beginning this week, including the Ohio Valley Conference Tourney, which Morehead St. and Murray St. men’s basketball fans will be paying close attention to.

This is the one time of year it seems acceptable to watch sports while you are at work. It’s the one time of year you’re stress level rises for an entire month. (Sorry holiday season, this is more stressful.) It’s the one time of year you talk basketball with your friends non-stop.

There is just something magical about this time of year. No words can describe it. It reminds us always to expect the unexpected.

That was not on display more than last year. I mean, how nuts was February, March and April in the 2016 college basketball world? It was crazy!

The conference tournaments had plenty of surprises and then came The Big Dance, which was hands-down the best in my lifetime.

Who had Middle Tennessee St. upsetting Michigan St. in the first round? No one! (Okay, maybe a few, but for the sake of argument… No one!)

Who could have predicted Northern Iowa giving up a 12-point lead to Texas A&M in the game’s final 44 seconds? No one!

Who believed a ten-seeded Syracuse team could mount a serious comeback to number one-seeded Virginia in the Elite Eight? No one!

How about a game-winning triple at the buzzer to win the whole tournament? That’s only something that us sports fans dream of witnessing.

For weeks on end, extraordinary events like this took place.

I literally remember losing my voice after the third day of the NCAA Tournament. The third day! I found myself screaming at the television during just about every game, because they were all so unbelievable.

Let’s hope the encore this year is just as good. And based on how crazy the regular season has been, it should be.

Andrew Chernoff

Andrew is a sports anchor and sports managing editor for Spectrum News. He covers sports all across the state of Kentucky for Sports Night, which airs weeknights at 6:30 and 10:30 on Spectrum News. Andrew was a sports anchor and reporter at KFDM/KBTV in Beaumont, Texas for four years before making the move back home to the Midwest. He is originally from Carmel, Indiana and majored in broadcast journalism and political science at Syracuse University.

When he’s not on the air or in the field covering sports, you can likely find Andrew playing golf, watching IndyCar and Formula 1 races, or exploring the state of Kentucky. His favorite sport is open-wheel racing. In fact, he has not missed an Indianapolis 500 since the early 2000s.

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