Syracuse, N.Y. — The 2018 NCAA tournament will have a new feature. The NCAA has adopted The Basketball Tournament’s post-game bracket celebration.
After games in The Basketball Tournament, the winning team goes over to a giant replica of the tournament’s bracket. In a fashion that’s part ceremony and part celebration, a member of the team moves a card with the team’s name ahead to the next round of the tournament.
It has fast become a favorite moment for both players and fans alike during The Basketball Tournament.
The NCAA took notice and starting next year the NCAA tournament will do the same thing.
David Worlock, the NCAA’s director of media coordination, dropped the nugget on Twitter Wednesday night. He then confirmed the decision via an email.
“Yes, we’re doing it,” Worlock said in the email. “I noticed in the The Basketball Tournament and liked the idea. Then a few weeks ago there was some chatter on Twitter from some members of the media, saying they wished we would do it during our tournament. So I obviously wasn’t the only person who thought it was a cool idea.”
Worlock said the NCAA men’s basketball committee has approved the post-game bracket celebration.
Worlock said the enlarged version of the NCAA tournament would most likely be located outside the post-game press conference area.
The NCAA officials have talked about allowing the team to select the person who gets to move the team’s card to the next round in the bracket.
“If they want a senior walk-on, the star player or the star of the game, it doesn’t matter to us,” Worlock said. “We think it will be fun for the teams, fans and the media.”