5 Fun Ways to Celebrate March Madness

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Is your bracket filled out? Are you gearing up for the party of the year? We are! There’s no better time to experience or celebrate March Madness than when you’re actually in college. Even if you’re not a big basketball fan or your school just missed the last spot in, you can make the most of it by trying one of these five fun ways to celebrate March Madness.

 

1. Break Out the Jock Jams

Basketball? That’s March Madness? We’re just joking, of course, but there’s no better way to get pre-game ready than to turn up the tunes and marathon through some classic basketball themed music and movies.

We have to mention Jock Jams. If you’re not in the no, they’re the soundtrack that plays at basically every basketball game as pump-up songs. You’ll recognize them almost instantly, and we guarantee a massive dance party for all those you invite.

 

2. Movie Marathon

If your sport of choice is more Netflixing an entire season in one night, then you’re in luck. There’s ample supply of basketball-themed movies out there to get you geared up for the big games.

Cult and childhood favorites like Space Jam, Teen Wolf, and Like Mike will have your reminiscing while laughing. Glory Road and Hoosiers will have you standing up and cheering. Love and Basketball is for romantic comedy lovers. And He’s Got Game will tug on your heartstrings.

 

3. Support Your Colors

Rooting for the home team isn’t exactly required when you’re talking about March Madness. For every Duke and UCLA, there are about a thousand schools that don’t make the cut! So don’t feel bad sporting another university’s jersey, even if it’s just for one day.

Vintage and distressed college t-shirts that are both cozy and a must-have. If you’re looking to bring your March Madness to an internship or interview, dress it up with a button-down with a small logo. And since it’s still a bit chilly outside, grab a hooded sweatshirt while you’re gearing up.

 

4. Tailgate Indoors

Basketball isn’t a tailgater’s ideal sport since it is played inside, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have the same kind of party in your dorm building or even room!

You’ll want finger foods, but unlike at tailgates, feel free to make them a bit messier. Hot wings are a good choice, and relatively easy to make in dorm sized kitchens. Add mini hamburger sliders as a second choice (or make them vegetarian with portobello mushrooms) and celery and cucumbers with dipping sauce as a side. Finally, end with orange and black cupcakes, macaroons, or cake pops! Since you’ll have several games to get through, you’ll want a lot of food ideas to keep your guests full and happy.

 

5. Up the Bracket Ante

Brackets are the best and most beloved tradition of March Madness, at least for us. Even those who don’t know the sport can get in on it. But don’t just stick to the basic version. Add a few extra games to make it worthy of your friend’s time.

For serious sports fans, you can have a draft pool that goes on points scored. Pick six or eight players from the entire tournament and total up their scores after the final game. You can also play a basketball version of squares popular at the Super Bowl. You just use the last number of the winning team and the first of the losing team and whoever has that square wins. Easy! Finally, don’t forget to play brackets for best mascot or uniforms! It’ll have you all laughing while the real game is going on.

New Fan Shop Arrivals for March Madness!

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 Did your bracket bust quickly, or are you one of the lucky few still feeling the March Madness? No matter if your team burnt out in the first round or are on their way to the Final Four, having the right school spirit is essential all year round. With OCM’s Fan Shop, you can find just what you need to show your school pride with style. Here are our favorite 7 picks just in time for the spring!

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What is March Madness?

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One of our all-time favorite traditions has to be the month long celebration of school spirit called March Madness! But if you’re not up on your Ducks or Bulldogs, don’t fear! With so many ways to participate, everyone will want to brush up on their college sports history and fun facts. Here’s our breakdown!

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What is March Madness?

March Madness refers to the time in which the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) hosts its annual college basketball tournament. It’s a single-elimination tournament that features 68 of the best Division I teams.

The tournament starts with an event called Selection Sunday where governing members of each conference to determine which of their teams deserve to be sent, based on season play, to the national tournament. They give these teams seeds (or rankings) and assign who will play who. These games are then played over the course of mid-March and into early April .

The excitement of the tournament is so huge that different parts of it have its own designation. For example, Selection Sunday has become a massive event similar to the NFL Draft where fans and alumni gather to watch as their team gets seeded. Sweet Sixteen, Elite Eight, and Final Four are also parts you may have heard of as they designate the lead up to the national championship game and crown the winners of the regions.

Then there is the national championship. It’s one of the biggest nights in sports television and often rivals the Olympics and Super Bowl in terms of viewers. Many college campuses, regardless of if there team made it all the way, host watch parties or events. And if you’re lucky enough to see your team pull through, you’ll be guaranteed a lifetime of parties, events, and school spirit lead up.

 

What about that bracket?

One of the most celebrated traditions for March Madness is playing along with a bracket games. Basically, you sit down before the tournament begins to pick out the winner of each matchup. Each correct match-up gets you a point.

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Millions of people attempt to see the future or use their basketball knowledge to win. Even the President famously fills out his bracket for the world to see! But don’t worry if you’re not an expert yet — USA Today says that there is a one in 9.2 quintillion chance of getting the bracket perfect.

The first bracket game was thought to have been played in 1977 at a bar in Staten Island, but now it is a national pastime! Businesses that play along offer huge contest wins like cash or prizes, but many colleges also offer their own versions. If your school is missing out, don’t be afraid to propose a bracket tournament for fun university swag — or even consider hosting a March Madness party yourself!

 

How to Win at March Madness

If your university or college isn’t Division I, don’t be too disappointed. Division II, III, and Junior College tournaments also have their own high-energy championship series. And if your school doesn’t make it, don’t sweat it. March Madness is for everyone — whether you go to your favorite tournament team’s school or not.

Have fun, try your best to pick a winner, and get into the spirit! March Madness as a college student or college-student-to-be is one of the most exciting parts of the school year!

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