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|America goes crazy for its college basketball on Thursday with the start of the NCAA Tournament – or March Madness – as it’s called. Andre Branch Jersey . Beware the Ides of March, a soothsayer once told Julius Caesar, warning of the great leaders death. Ignoring the soothsayer turned out to be a real brute for the great Roman leader… Anyway, the kings of college basketball - Kansas, Michigan State, Virginia, Oregon, North Carolina - had better watch out for the Ides of March - or the giant-killers.But before all that, lets fill you in with what its all about: College basketball reaches its pinnacle every March What is March Madness?Its a 64-team basketball tournament, spread over three weeks. The first round starts this Thursday and ends late on Friday, the second round in Saturday-Sunday, and then the last Sweet 16 is March 24-25, the Elite Eight is Saturday-Sunday March 26-27, and then its Saturdays Final Four is April 2, and the Final on Monday April 4.In other words, if you love your basketball and all the excitement that goes with it, youve picked the right month.How does it work?If youve splurged a lot of betting money on college basketball this season, its pretty likely that you have been lucky to break even this season. Everyone seems to have beaten everybody. Its been like a big Premier League.And that parity has made things really, really fun. The way that the pre-March Madness season works is that theres a 1-25 ranking, with No 1 the best and 25th a mere marker. Frankly, the committee should be ranking 64 teams, but that would take the glamour out of March Madness, plus it would be 25 ranked teams is tradition.In college basketball there are four quadrants (North, South, East, West), where the No 1 team is matched up with a No 16 team, No 2 team matched up with a No 15 team and so on. If youve had an inconsistent regular season, youre going to be ranked lower than if youve had a good season. Its the same reason why, say, Novak Djokovic is always the No 1 seed at Wimbledon and he rarely ever loses.Theres a lot of money spent…The opening four day of March Madness also the busiest day for visitors in Vegas apart from the Super Bowl, and is generally seen as a quasi-national holiday. And with the first day coming on Thursday, which ties in nicely with St Patricks Day, expect a lot of luck to be requested! The annual event has become a mainstay in American sports Who are the favourites?Kansas (6/, Michigan State (13/, North Carolina (7/ are your three main favourites, and theres some love for Virginia and Kentucky (both 12/. I happen to think Kansas are a lovely bet at 6/1 for the title, although Michigan State - who wont face Kansas unless its the final - is equally good money for 13/2. Kansas have been in great form since late January and seeing some of their games in the run-in, they are nothing if not impressive.NCAA = NBA future?One of the best things about March Madness is thinking: Will these guys do well in the NBA?Steph Curry, who currently cant do anything wrong in the NBA, was a hero for small school Davidson, taking them to the sweet 16 with a string of incredible performances.Magic Johnson lit up the tourney in 1979 for Michigan State. He was then drafted first by the LA Lakers. He did pretty well after that. Johnson faced off in the final against Indiana State and future Hall of Famer Larry Bird. Stephen Curry #30 of the Davidson Wildcats shone during March Madness Oh, and a guy who played for North Carolina hit the game-winning shot in the 1982 Championship Game. His name was Michael Jordan.We cant wait for the 2016 crop - although well be without almost-certain No 1 pick Ben Simmons from LSU, who isnt making an appearance this year.So let the madness come…The best thing - unless youre a betting man - isnt the domination of the big teams. Its the small schools making history. I still remember where I was watching No 15 Hampton beating No 2 Iowa State in 2001, and No 11 George Mason beating No 1 Connecticut in 2006.I remember No 15 Lehighs upset of the one of college basketballs superpowers - Duke (No in 2012. And No 14 Mercer doing the same to Duke - then ranked No 3 - in 2014. 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Dominik Kahun had both goals for Germany (0-, who lost its opening match to Canada 7-2 on Thursday.Australia ended the United States incredible Rugby League World Cup journey in ruthless fashion and England accounted for France 34-6 to cruise into the semifinals on Saturday. The Kangaroos ran in 12 tries to sweep to a 62-0 victory, though it was soured by the sight of fullback Billy Slater being carried off with a potentially serious left knee injury just after halftime after being on the receiving end of a crunching tackle from Roman Hifo. Brett Morris and Jarryd Hayne enjoyed fruitful matches at Wrexhams Racecourse Ground with four tries apiece to tie the Australia test record. Australia scored eight in a first half that finished 38-0. Greg Inglis grabbed two tries, with Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk also crossing. Johnathan Thurston kicked seven goals. The U.S. has been the surprise package of the tournament with its run to the quarterfinals in its first World Cup, but was given a reality check in the teams biggest ever match. Fullback Sam Tomkins led England to a comfortabble win over France in the rain at his club home ground in Wigan, but missed the last seven minutes while he was binned for a professional foul to half a French breakout. Alterraun Verner Jersey. Vincent Duport dragged three tacklers over the line in the fifth minute, but France barely sniffed the try-line again. Tomkins set up Joshua Charnley for the first of Englands six tries, and the first of Charnleys pair. Ryan Hall also bagged a pair before the break, while Sean OLoughlin and replacement Brett Ferres added the only second-half tries. Kevin Sinfield hit five goals. England lined up defending champion New Zealand at Wembley next weekend, and coach Steve McNamara said a vast improvement was required. "Very scratchy," was how McNamara described Englands effort. 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