Ok so I am not a big college basketball expert in any sense of the word. Rather than trusting my own opinions to fill out a bracket, I decided to flip a coin for each game. Heads would give the win to the higher seeded team, tails to the lower seeded team. There are 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 possibilities in filling out the bracket, according to ESPN. That is 9.2 quintillion for anyone not used to reading almost 20 digits worth of numbers. Now the difference between me and the coin’s knowledge is probably not much different when it comes to college basketball, but it operates without bias and predicts upsets more commonly than the average joe does.
Below is the coin’s March Madness bracket. I don’t necessarily agree with everything it said. It sees Kentucky being a 1st round knockout and has San Diego State advancing to the Sweet 16 by beating Duke. I don’t agree with those, but those are two very good examples of the upsets it predicted. The Final Four is also one that is very shocking, but let me not spoil anymore. Here is a look at one of the most interesting brackets a coin could pick:
In case the picture made the font to small, I will give you a summary of the bracket that a wise quarter predicted this evening:
The Elite 8 was: #7 Wichita St vs. #8 Cincinnati, #4 Louisville vs. #14 Albany, #7 Iowa vs. #5 Utah, and #1 Wisconsin vs #6 Xavier.
The Final 4 was: #8 Cincinnati vs. #1 Wisconsin, #14 Albany vs, #7 Iowa.
The National Championship was #8 Cincinnati vs. #7 Iowa, with Iowa winning. Using a random number generator, the combined point total for the Championship games was 153 points.
Virginia was the only #2 seed to win a game. Two #1 seeds, Kentucky and Villanova, lost their 1st game. Duke lost against San Diego State, and #15 Texas Southern made it to the Sweet 16. #16 Lafayette and #13 Valparaiso also made it to the Sweet 16. Notre Dame was the only #3 seed to win a game.
Across the entire bracket, there were many notable upsets. Only 1 top 5 seed made it to the final 4, and only one #1 seed made it to the Sweet 16. This would make for a very interesting tournament, as it makes each team look like they are on an equal playing field. With a coin, every team had a 50% chance of winning any particular game. The odds aren’t that favorable for every team in reality. Regardless, using a coin made for a very interesting look at a NCAA March Madness Bracket.
Ok so now you know what a quarter thinks will happen in the tournament. Who do you think will make it to the Final 4, and who do you have as the winner of the tournament? Comment down below with your predictions, or link us to pic of your bracket. Let the debate begin, and who will be that 1 in 9.2 quintillion to get it right?