March Madness Explained

Gonzaga guard Zach Norvell Jr. (23) dribbles past Baylor guard Makai Mason (10) during the first half of a second-round game in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament Saturday, March 23, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Jeff Swinger)

Japan has venerable school sports traditions such as the Koshien baseball tournament and the Hakone Ekiden. In America, it’s the NCAA national basketball championship known as March Madness.

If you come to study in the U.S., you’ll find that this is the time of year when many college students – and Americans from all walks of life – become obsessed with March Madness. It lasts from mid-March to early April.