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Five reasons March is the best sports month of the year

High school boys basketball coach Anthony Nicodemo loves march more than any other as a fan. Former college basketball player Derek Schell couldn't agree more. It's not hard to see why.

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Come back for our NCAA Tournament preview Google Hangout Wednesday, March 18, 7pmET: Anthony Nicodemo and Derek Schell will hold a Google Hangout to talk about the upcoming NCAA tournament. Brackets, picks and analysis.

Since we are going to preview the first round Wednesday in our Google hangout, we figured we'd give five reasons why March is the best sports month of the year.

1) Basketball takes center stage: Outside of the Super Bowl, no sporting event is talked about more than the NCAA men's basketball tournament. Obviously we're biased. But for a hoops junkie March is basketball heaven.

2) Brackets: How awesome is filling out the tourney bracket? People who don't know the ball is round attempt to be perfect in an attempt to win some dough... and, more importantly, bragging rights. On the flip side, "experts" are proven wrong when the little guy pulls the upset.

3) Every game matters: Playoffs in every sport take on a life of their own. There is no best of five or seven in the NCAA tournament: It's lose and go home, survive and advance. All teams are 0-0. Being undefeated or a conference champ means nothing In March.

4) School Spirit: the North Florida Ospreys have a lazy river on campus! When else do we get to learn about little known schools? For three weeks we get to see cool mascots, witness crazy fans and learn inspirational stories. Can't wait for Wildcat nation versus the Jaspers from the Bronx!

5) Madness: the next three are simply the greatest weeks in sports. Moments like Laettner beating Kentucky and Jimmy V looking for a hug have been created. Elation for some leads to heartbreak for others. It'll all wrap up in Indy at 11:30 on a Monday night with the greatest anthem in sports, One Shining Moment. Enjoy!

Anthony Nicodemo is the boys basketball coach at Saunders High School in Yonkers, N.Y. You can follow him on Twitter @SaundersHoops. Derek Schell played basketball for Hillsdale College. He's @dschell4.

Come back for our NCAA Tournament preview Google Hangout Wednesday, March 18, 7pmET: Anthony Nicodemo and Derek Schell will hold a Google Hangout to talk about the upcoming NCAA tournament. Brackets, picks and analysis.