Dick Vitale reveals what to watch – and eat – during March Madness
March and basketball go together like cheese and bacon, and no one knows that fact better than legendary coach-turned-sportscaster Dick Vitale.
March Madness officially kicked off on Sunday night when the full tournament bracket was revealed. The First Four play-in games will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday before the true madness begins with the round of 64 starting on Thursday.
Vitale, who has been calling basketball games for 40 years, teamed up with Bounty to make sure fans are prepared for their tourney parties – with some crowd-pleasing bites, of course.
When it comes to tournament action, Vitale has a few specific storylines he'll be watching over the next few weeks. Most notably, he's picked out some teams that have faced recent hardships or tough losses – or star players with some shoe problems – to keep an eye on.
"I'm curious to see Gonzaga," he told AOL.com, calling the No. 1 seed talented and well-coached. "I did their game when they got shocked by Saint Mary's. Up until that point, their margin of victory was 27 points per game. They were stunned. How do they set that aside and get back to that winner's mentality?"
Vitale is also intrigued by Virginia and how the team will bounce back after suffering an astonishing loss to No. 16 UMBC in last year's tournament. It was the first time in March Madness history that a No. 1 team was defeated by a 16-seed. Virginia will face No. 16 Gardner-Webb in the first round on Friday.
Another top seed with potential trouble brewing is Duke. Vitale says to pay attention to the Blue Devils' superstar Zion Williamson as he continues to bounce back from a freak, broken shoe-induced injury.
"Does he think as he's playing?" Vitale said. "Is he trying to be careful and cautious? Or does he react, like he did prior to his injury?"
As of Monday, Williamson and Duke have the best odds of winning the tournament.
Unlike home chefs, these teams don't have the Quicker Picker Upper to clean up after their mistakes. One wrong move and their one shining moment will come crashing down.
No matter what happens, March Madness is always exciting. Will Gonzaga and Virginia bounce back? Will Zion Williamson's shoes remain intact? Only time will tell – so fill out your bracket and get your TV and kitchen all set up, because the Madness has only just begun.