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Practice will never make perfect in filling out NCAA bracket

March 19, 2013|By Chris Dufresne
  • Rion Brown celebrates after Miami's 87-77 win over North Carolina in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship.
Rion Brown celebrates after Miami's 87-77 win over North Carolina… (Scott Muthersbaugh / Associated…)

Think this is the year you’re going to fill out that perfect NCAA tournament bracket?

Think again, Einstein.

R.J. Bell of has released some pretty astounding — hilarious really — bracket facts and figures.

There are 9.2 quintillion possible brackets. In long form that’s 9,223,372,036,854,775,808.

How big is this number?

--If everyone on Earth randomly filled out a bracket the odds would be more than 1 billion to one against anyone having a perfect bracket.

--All the possible brackets stacked on top of one another on standard paper would reach the moon and back 1.1 million times.

All possible brackets would weigh 90,000 times more than every person on Earth.

--If everyone on the planet filled out one bracket per second, it would take more than 43 years to fill out every possible bracket.

--If one bracket per second was filled out, it would take 292 billion years to fill out all the possibilities.

On a positive note, there’s a good chance Northwestern will have qualified for its first NCAA tournament by then.


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