If you’re fired up for the quickly approaching 2018 March Madness tournament and you’re looking to gather as much expert information as possible for your NCAAB betting strategy, then you’ve come to the right place. Better yet, if you’re looking to fill out the perfect March Madness bracket and you’d like to know what your chances are of doing just that, then boy, have I got some sobering statistics for you.
What are the Odds of Picking a Perfect 2018 March Madness Bracket?
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- Season: 2017–18
- Begins: March 13th
- Ends: April 2nd
- Teams: 68
- TV: CBS, TBS, TNT
- Live Streaming: MM Live
- Finals Venue: Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
A little bit of HistoryAccording to the official NCAA web site, last year, one bracket remained perfect through 39 games to open the tournament. In 2014, Brad Binder went 36-for-36 to start the tournament. In 2015 one person in the ESPN online bracket game picked the first 34 games correctly, according to a story by ESPN senior writer Darren Rovell.The current NCAA tournament format has existed since 1985 — and with somewhere between an estimated 60 million to 100 million brackets filled out every year, it’s possible that someone, somewhere has done better than 39 straight games. Still, you should know that the odds of picking a perfect bracket in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament are so small, in fact, that many mathematicians differ on the actual estimation of the odds.Some believe it’s as low as 1 in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 (or 1 in 9.2 quintillions for those who skipped the last 18 digits), while others, including Jeff Bergen, a professor at DePaul, think it’s as “high” as 1 in 128 billion. Either way, picking all 63 games (excluding the First Four games) correctly is next to impossible.
A Really Long-ShotI’ve come up with a list of odds of some other things happening to you before you fill out a perfect bracket.
Odds of Being Struck By Lightning
- 1 in 700,000
Odds of winning the Powerball
- one in 292 million
Odds of being struck by lightning twice
- 1 in 9 million
Odds of making a half-court shot at a halftime competition
- 1 in 50
Odds of finding a four-leaf clover
- 1 in 10,000
Odds of bowling a perfect game
- 1 in 11,500
Odds of making a Double Eagle
- 1 in 1,000,000
Odds of becoming president
- 1 in 10,000,000