College Basketball, especially during March, seems always to take the world by storm. Casual fans, and even people who know absolutely nothing about basketball fill out brackets. March madness, they call it, and madness it is. Nearly every year, there is some "Cinderella" team who stuns the world by winning several games. Clearly, America loves college basketball. But are there a multitude of problems with the game itself?


One of the game's most exciting stars, Trae Young, took the world by storm. Out of 32 games, including the one tournament game already completed, he scored 25 or more in 21 games.

Quite the impressive feat, to say the least. But to go along with those, he had 19 games with at least five turnovers. Additionally, he had 15 games shooting under 40 percent and 21 games under 50 percent from the field. Can you spell inconsistent? I know Trae Young can. To his credit, though, he was still one of the brightest stars in the game.

The inconsistencies don't stop with one player, though. The current system allows students to attend for one year, then go to the NBA draft. This provides for enormous inconsistencies. Since 2013, of the lottery picks (top 15 each draft), only 34 are starting or playing a good amount of meaningful minutes. Of those, there are only 24 starters, and the number of All-Star caliber players is even lower: approximately 10.

The percentage of lottery picks, a large number of those having left school after one season, who go on to be All-Star players which would justify their draft positions is small. Even those who stay all four years, playing at some of the bigger basketball programs, their games just don't translate to the NBA.

FBI investigates

The FBI launched a probe into potential corruption in the NCAA, specifically men's basketball, in February of this year. Their findings were brutal. Named in the report were several top programs and players. Duke, Texas, North Carolina, Kentucky, Michigan State, USC, and Kansas were among those named. To put it into perspective, since 2000, those teams have nine of the seventeen national championships.

Additionally, to the programs, several big name players were named. Potential future lottery picks Collin Sexton, Miles Bridges and Wendell Carter all had their names linked to impermissible benefits. More than six players received payments greater than $10,000. Some of those included former NC State standout Dennis Smith, Jr. and former Kentucky star Edrice 'Bam' Adebayo.

Sean Miller, the current coach of the University of Arizona, was caught on tape discussing a $100,000 payment for a superstar and potential number one overall draft pick Deandre Ayton. For years, the University of North Carolina was investigated for academic fraud. There were said to be "paper classes" designed to help boost athlete GPA's and maintain eligibility.

Louisville was found guilty of a huge scandal involving paying players and was forced to vacate their 2013 national championship. Safe to say that there is plenty of corruption to go around. So, with all these issues, what good is there?

The good

What's the point of this game that America loves? The programs are corrupt, the stars and teams inconsistent and the product does not transfer well to the next level. Ever since February 22, 1980, America loves an underdog. Ever since massive underdog Team the USA defeated the Soviets in the Miracle on Ice, America has found a soft spot for upsets. No other sport boasts the ability to have so many underdogs in one playing field. Not only that, but no other sport can boast having as many underdogs pull it off as college basketball.

As of the writing of this article, two number eleven seeds knocked off six seeds. A thirteen seed obliterated a number four seed. Another thirteen seed defeated it's four seed opponent. And for the first time in history, a number sixteen seed defeated a number one seed.

Simply put, no other sport can boast upsets like these, and those are only from the first two days of action from this year. In 2013, a fifteen seed made the Elite Eight. In 2016, a ten seed made the Final Four. Upsets like these are the norm for the NCAA tournament. So, at least for a month, try and ignore the corruption, legalities, inconsistencies, and problems with the game. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride. Oh, and don't forget to buckle up.