RecSports will hold a March Madness Bracket Challenge for BYU-Idaho students from March 19 until April 8.
Every March, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) holds its Division I Basketball Championship.
This 68-team, single-elimination tournament is known as March Madness. Many fans participate in March Madness by filling out brackets to predict the results of the tournament.
The NCAA will release the tournament bracket March 17.
Participants in the RecSports challenge will have until March 18, the day prior to the start of the tournament, to submit their completed brackets.
Tyrell Sainsbury, a sophomore studying exercise physiology and the events director for RecSports, said all students are welcome to participate.
“All they have to do is create an IMLeagues account,” Sainsbury said.
According to www.byui.edu, students will be directed from the IMLeagues website to www.cbssports.com where they can fill out a bracket.
Students’ brackets are dated automatically through the CBS website.
Sainsbury said over 200 people participated in the event last year.
This event isn’t the only way students can get involved in March Madness.
Taylor Giullian, a sophomore studying communication, said he participates in a smaller challenge each year with his friends.
“I watch college basketball all year,” Giullian said. “When March Madness comes around, I just print off a bracket.”
Giullian said he stays to date on each team so he can analyze each match when filling out his personal bracket.
Giullian said he is patient when filling out his tournament bracket.
“I don’t touch it for a cole days so I don’t make any rash decisions,” Giullian said.
Giullian said he prefers picking underdogs in the tournament. Underdogs, also known as “Cinderella” teams, are lesser-known basketball programs who set the more established teams.
Students can watch the games in the Crossroads and Food Services will award the winner of the March Madness Bracket Challenge 100 Dining Dollars.