Sports nuts, rejoice! The best time of year is near! Okay, so I wish there were more chatter about the college basketball season around here, but really, how many people who follow college football avidly follow college basketball all season long? 10 percent? Fewer? I find it fascinating that in college basketball, all of the games (minus the NIT, CBI, and CIT) involving the 340+ division 1 teams are somehow all connected and building up to the national championship game. College football can't say that. That midweek November game between Miami (OH) and Bowling Green had no tangent effect on Alabama-Notre Dame. Two conferences started their tournaments yesterday and a handful of others begin today. Some teams will punch their ticket to the dance as early as Saturday. Personally, I find Championship Week to be better sports entertainment than the NCAA Tournament. Take it from someone who is a fan of a team for whom going dancing isn't a foregone conclusion every year: there is nothing better than fighting for an opportunity to be a part of this big thing that the entire nation is fixated on for several weeks. If you want to see pure amateur sport at its finest, watch the Summit League championship in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on March 12. Or the MEAC championship in Norfolk, Virginia on March 16. FOCUS: March Madness 2013. Who's going to win it all? Which fanbase is going to send death threats to its team's coach when they are bounced in the first round? Who's your team and what do their postseason prospects look like? As for the big dance itself, some people may thing that lack of a dominant team, like Kentucky last year, makes for a boring tournament. I think it makes it far more interesting. I think any of Indiana, Duke, Kansas, Arizona, Michigan, Miami (FL), Michigan State, Syracuse, Georgetown, Louisville, and Gonzaga could win it all. I may even be forgetting someone.