Warm weather is right around the corner, but for college sports fans, the month of March brings a different atmosphere of excitement, March Madness.
In the spirit of March Madness, the NCAA is hosting the 6th Fan competition, a way for schools to show pride on behalf of their universities by voting to beat out other schools. The winning school will receive $100,000 in scholarships as well as other individual prizes.
“The 6th Fan competition is a good way to put NDSU on the map nationally,” said Patrick Archbold, a sophomore business administration major at NDSU. “It shows that we’re not just a football school, our fans are just as rowdy in the spring as we are in the fall.”
Archbold, along with the rest of Bison Nation, did indeed show that their pride stands all year round, with the Bison making it all the way to the Elite Eight in the competition. However, Bison Nation fell short in the round to Brigham Young University.
For some Bison fans, the prestigious winning track that all Bison athletic teams hold to standard is expected by a number of students to continue through their fans.
“I’m disappointed, because I know we have the best 6th man in the nation,” said Mark Johnson, a sophomore public relations and advertising major at NDSU. “We as fans definitely get some credit for that.”
Johnson said fanhood is still strong, and the results of the 6th Fan competition illustrate that. Bison fans have networked nationwide with alumni that preach Bison pride exuberantly and consistently.
“Bison fans go hard all year long for all of our sports,” said Alec Tolson, a freshman at NDSU. “ It’s something to be excited about; that’s what being a Bison is all about.”
With the NDSU men’s basketball team beating Denver University recently and clinching the Summit League regular season title with their win over the University of South Dakota last Thursday, the NDSU men’s basketball team is in the running to be one of the many teams to participate in the real March Madness.