This year’s men’s college basketball tournament featured four play-in games called the First Four that the NCAA officially designated as the “first round”. They renamed what used to be called the first round — the truly mad round where 64 teams play 32 games in 2 days — the “second round”. But tradition is hard to break. Many people ignored the official names and kept right on calling the 64-team stage the “first round”. Naming confusion ensued.
For Predictalot, we sidestepped the problem by calling the first two major rounds the “round of 64” and the “round of 32”. Interestingly enough, Yahoo! Sports independently adopted the same convention.
- Core 64
- True 32
(I initially considered but dropped a more accurate, yet ultimately clunky-sounded alternate: “Thru 32”.)
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