With Selection Sunday right around the corner, everyone is getting in on the madness. College basketball is one of the most bet-on sporting events, raking in an estimated $12 billion dollars in bets last year, according to Forbes. And we're betting you have more than just bragging rights riding on your bracket.
But whether you root for the number one seed or the underdog, your odds of picking the perfect March Madness Bracket are pretty low. By pretty low, we mean really low. In fact, according to a DePaul University news release, calculated by math Professor Jeff Bergen, your odds are one in 9.2 quintillion (yes, quintillion and no, we didn’t really think that was a number either.)
There is hope (well, kinda.) If you know basketball really, really well your chances do go up. "Suppose you know that a one seed has never lost to a 16 seed in the men's tournament, that would help improve your odds. With additional knowledge of basketball and the history of the tournament, the odds of picking a perfect bracket would be approximately one in 128 billion," Professor Bergen explains in a video.
One in 128 billion are still pretty low odds, but hey, it’s all in the fun of the game right? So we broke down 5 unlikely things that are still more likely than picking the perfect bracket.