NCAA Hoop and Math
Even though it's April -- March Madness is still here. This year, the hoop tournament was framed in terms of Math as reports detailed the probability/odds of picking all 63 winners for each of the games. This link from the
outlines the details of the numbers: showing 1 in about 9.2 quintillion (
9,223,372,036,854,775,808) or about one billion billions (not a typo!).
The number of possible outcomes is more than the number of grains of sand on the Earth! It also explains that the average winner gets almost 50 out of the 63 right. To put this in perspective the NCAA shared th
at in their 2018 Bracket Challenge Game, "even with 94.4 percent of millions of brackets being unique, we only covered 0.0000000000182 percent of all possible bracket permutations!"
Smithsonian magazine "The Math Madness Behind a Perfect NCAA Bracket"