Whether you’re a major basketball fan, or a parttime hoops follower, you don’t need a calendar to remind you of what month we’re in, because you can tell what time of year it is by the sound of sneakers squeeking with sudden stops on the court, the backboards shaking and the nets swishing from balls shredding them.
Of course it’s March Madness in the hoops world as the college seasons wrap up with NCAA tournament mania bringing about hair-pulling and nail-biting rattled nerves, and that’s just the fans.
Imagine the players and coaches.
Actually, they’re all right, or they better be all right, after already playing 30-plus games and, besides vying for conference and league titles, reaching the NCAA Division I championship tournament is the most important goal, because at the end of the major college hoops tunnel is the ultimate prize of the John Wooden Trophy for the champion.
Even for college teams that don’t make the NCAA’s biggest action party, there are other postseason tourneys being held, with the biggest being the NIT, which many decades back was the granddaddy, to fuel the hoops madness.