March Sadness: The Pain of Defeat

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In the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, a glorious win for one team is a heartbreaking, season-ending defeat for the other. The stakes — and emotions — run high in the single-elimination tournament in which 68 teams enter but only one leaves a champion. Here, TIME focuses on the feeling of loss that comes with being sent home after a passionate game of basketball.

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