Can the Kentucky Wildcats lead by the Harrison brothers and Naismith Trophy nominees Willie Cauley-Stein / Karl-Anthony Towns carry their pursuit of perfection through the 2015 NCAA Tournament? Who will be this March Madness' Cinderella story? When you fill out your FOX Bracket Challenge sheet, remember these facts:
Although brand names and programs remain, with Coach K's Duke Blue Devils and his freshman sensation Jahlil Okafor, Bill Self's Kansas Jayhawks, Rick Pitino's Louisville Cardinals, and Roy Williams' North Carolina Tar Heels all ranked inside the Top 25, college basketball embraced some new blood prior to the 2015 NCAA Tournament.
The Virginia Cavaliers - led by junior guard Justin Anderson and Malcolm Brogdon - were an NIT qualifier only two seasons ago, but now rank among the nation's best teams. Northern Iowa and Wichita State led by Ron Baker - two teams previously known as tournament sleepers - have placed smelling salts under the noses of college basketball pundits. The Utah Utes lost more games than they won two years ago. The Maryland Terrapins are sniffing the tournament for the first time since 2010!
Let's be honest, the popularity of the NCAA basketball tournament is closely linked to the millions of rabid college basketball fans joining forces with casual fans to create an uber-national audience captivated by the bracket they crave following selection Sunday. The madness of March brings our nation closer together. Can we get an "Amen!?"
It's in that spirit that FOXSports.com presents its 2015 NCAA Tournament Bracket Challenge.
FOX is guaranteeing winners this year! The top 10 finishers win a truly unique FOX Sports Experience package. Ten prizes will be available at the time the winners are determined and are contacted. The first place finisher will have the first choice and the tenth place finisher will receive the final prize. Think of it as a prize package fantasy draft.
What are the events? All we can say is each will be a pretty sweet sporting event or live studio show in LA or NY.
Each "experience" includes round-trip airfare for two, hotel accommodations for three nights, local ground transportation, and tickets to the actual event. Plus, the grand prize winner also pulls in $500 cash for the trip.
If you don't make the Top 10, you can still earn $20 to the FOX Sports Shop if you finish in the Top 50 to load up on your favorite team's merchandise.
If you have a rough first round or two, you're still not out of it. Sign up to play the Second Chance Bracket Challenge for yet another opportunity to win a prize.
It all gets started on Selection Sunday, March 15th, and the Round of 64 tips off Thursday, March 19th around lunch time. Get those sick days ready!