Wednesday, March 16, 2011

March Maddness

Time to put together March Madness brackets. Well, not for me really, since I don't follow College Basketball.

Here are a few tips for filling out your bracket:

* The lowest seed ever to make it to the Final Four was #11 George Mason in 2006
* The lowest seeds to ever make it to the Final were #8 Villanova (1985) and #8 UCLA (1980).
* The lowest seed to win the tournament was #8 Villanova in 1985.
* Only three teams seeded lower than #4 have ever won, and none have in over 20 years.
* 15 of the last 20 champions, and 19 of 32 overall since seeding began, have been #1 seeds.
* This year's #1 seeds are Ohio St, Duke, Kansas, and Pittsburgh. Pick your winner. You've got nearly a 1 in 4 chance.
* There are roughly 147.57 quintillion ways to fill out the entire 68 team bracket. Thus the odds of randomly picking a perfect bracket are 147.57 quintillion to 1. The odds of winning a multi-state lottery jackpot are roughly 120 million to 1. Significantly better.

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