Think you’ve got the perfect bracket? Professor says think again


Newman University’s Fugate gymnasium will be the practice site for KU, Michigan and Seton Hall beginning Wednesday and all the bracket talk has students abuzz.

Whether you pick with your head or your heart, one mathematics professor says you can’t go wrong, mostly because you can’t get it right.

“There’s no such thing as a perfect bracket. The odds are astronomical. There’s various ways to estimate the odds but they range from 1 to 128 billion to 1 in 9 quintillion. It’s just off the charts,” professor John Vogt said.

Vogt wrote out the odds on a white board of guessing every game correctly, including play-in games. It was a numeral one with twenty zeroes behind it.

If you’re looking for an upset, Vogt explains your best bet.

“Always some number 12 seed finds a way to win a game, that’s usually where people look to pick upsets,” Vogt said.

Various bracket challenges are afloat on the internet, you can find KSN’s bracket challenge here.

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