Caroline McLoughlin

Lake Michigan Catholic, HS- Every year, March brings about a certain obsession with college basketball that cannot be contained. With betting pools and brackets, the tournament defines the month of March, but just how erratic is this obsession?

Looking deeper into the statistics, it should be known that more than 70 million brackets will be filled out and entered this year alone. That’s an average of two brackets per person living in the United States.

Furthermore, 10.4 billion dollars in bets are being placed on the NCAA tournament, which  is up thirteen percent solely from last year.

The pursuit of a perfect bracket comes with people spending hours looking at stats and the performances of specific teams and players. In spite of this, the odds of filling out a perfect bracket are about 1 in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 or 1 in 9.2 quintillion. Consider this in comparison, the odds of getting struck by lightning are 1 in 700,000 and the odds of becoming the next president are 1 in 10,000,000.

Still, experts and friends will give their opinions on which team will win. At length discussions will be held as high hopes for a perfect bracket continue to surge.

Luckily, there are some upsides to the madness. Many offices and businesses have their own bracket contest, allowing employees and employers to bond over their favorite teams and the whole tournament in general.

In the end, the tradition of the NCAA tournament, known as March Madness, continues to expand and  throughout the U.S.


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