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.