Airball: Acing Your ‘March Madness’ Bracket Is A Statistical Impossibility

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  • Every year, millions of Americans attempt to fill out a perfect bracket. And every year, they fail miserably.
  • By the numbers: The odds of going 63 for 63 are approximately 1 in 9.2 quintillion, according to the NCAA.
  • To put that in perspective, there are an estimated 7.5 quintillion grains of sand on Earth. If someone picked one at random and had you guess which of the 7.5 quintillion grains of sand on the planet it was, your odds of being correct would be 23% better than your odds of picking a perfect bracket.
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