March 13th, 2020. A day that will forever change the way we look at the NCAA Tournament. On that day one year ago, the entire sports world was flipped upside down with the cancelation of the NCAA Tournament due to Covid-19. It was on that day that we fully realized what we were up against.
As we look back on the cancellation of the NCAA Tournament, I think it’s important to realize just how far the sport of College Basketball has come since that day.
Before the Covid-19 pandemic, College Basketball had found itself in a crossroads with an ongoing FBI investigation into the sport. College Basketball as a whole was hurting before Covid, and since March 13th, 2020, we have seen the sport of College Basketball return to its former glory.
Sure, talks of the investigations are still going on and probably will be until the end of time. But, as a whole, it appears that College Basketball is on the rebound and its best days are just on the horizon.
I know what you’re thinking. How in the world can College Basketball be in a better position now after a global pandemic than it was before when we had full stadiums? It’s a challenging answer, but sometimes in life, all we need is a little reset to get back in the swing of things. That reset is exactly what College Basketball needed to get back to the game we all know and love.
It also taught the student-athletes to be thankful for the opportunity to play the game of College Basketball. As a whole, student-athletes realize how fast all that hard work and dedication go just go away. This, in turn, has improved the product on the court because they realize how important it is for them to sacrifice to put their teammates at the forefront. For these student-athletes to have a season this winter, they had to sacrifice everything to make this a successful season, which is evident in the product on the court.
It’s for that very reason that I believe. The current state of College Basketball is one that we haven’t seen in years, and it’s only going to get better. March Madness will be a very small representation of what’s to come in the future. Sure, there’s going to be people who say we shouldn’t be celebrating this season, but those people are wrong.
Lastly, as we reflect on the past year in College Basketball and make the turn to the 2021 NCAA Tournament, it’s important to enjoy every last second of it. We have no idea if everything will come crashing down again, so why not enjoy it? If your team doesn’t make the Big Dance, pick a mid-major, order a shirt off Amazon, and enjoy the ride. The student-athletes, coaches, and support staffs deserve to have our full support as we celebrate this season and the renewal of College Basketball.