Perfect NCAA bracket? Near impossible, mathematician says

The odds of picking a perfect bracket for the NCAA men's basketball March Madness championship tournament are a staggering less than one in 9.2 quintillion (that's 9,223,372,036,854,775,808), according to Jeff Bergen, mathematics ...

NCAA tournament math: More than adding up ones, twos and threes

Each March, the otherwise obscure field of "bracketology" becomes a premier discipline in the U.S.  As pundits and fans debate the 68 teams that most deserve to participate in the NCAA Division I Men's basketball tournament, ...

Best Team Not Guaranteed World Cup Success

The World Cup offers fans of the globe's most popular sport the chance to thrill and agonize over the ups and downs of their nations' teams. For scientists, whether or not they are fans, it's another chance to collect data ...

Expert: Bracket seedings irrelevant after Sweet Sixteen round

For the average college basketball fan looking for an edge in a March Madness office pool, a University of Illinois expert in statistics and data analysis has some advice on how to pick winners: After the Sweet Sixteen round ...

Odds are, seedings don't matter after Sweet 16, professor says

For budding "bracketologists" busily weighing picks for their annual March Madness office pool, a University of Illinois professor has some advice on how to pick winners: In the later rounds of the tournament, ignore a team's ...

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