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Well, the first game of March Madness has come and gone.  And that puts CU out of the running (defeated by UConn 67-74).

Ever wondered your chances of picking the perfect bracket?  CU’s Professor Mark Ablowitz (former chair of the Department of Applied Mathematics) says they’re 1:9.22 quintillion, if you’re picking randomly, such as by flipping a coin.  Of course, with some “insider information”, such as knowing that a No. 1 seed has never been upset by a No. 16 seed, you can improve those odds.  Knowing the strengths and weaknesses of each team also helps, but as we’ve seen time and time again in sports, that doesn’t always play out!

Warren Buffet offered $1 billion dollars in 2015 to anyone who filled out a perfect bracket.  No one was able to claim it.  It didn’t help that there were some pretty good upsets last year!

The Associated Press says that if someone filled out every possible combination of wins, the resulting stack of paper would weigh around 184 trillion tons.  Or 61.3 trillion elephants.

Information from Professor Mark Ablowitz, CU Boulder

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