The best bracket stories ahead of the NCAA tourney
Although sports statisticians spend countless amounts of time studying to put together the perfect bracket, the best ones sometimes tend to come from the most unexpected people. (Source: TPSDave/Pixabay)
(RNN) - Mitt Romney and one teen in Illinois have something in common – they’re both pretty good at guessing.
Although sports statisticians spend innumerable hours trying to put together the perfect bracket, the best guesses often come from the most unexpected people.
ESPN and Yahoo publish bracket challenges every year, and over time they have produced some interesting results.
It’s too bad that the chances to have a perfect bracket are ridiculously unlikely.
According to DePaul Professor Jeff Bergen, the probability of completing a perfect bracket are 1 in 9.2 quintillion. He even broke it down in a YouTube video.
Here are a few unique and surprising moments from the college basketball bracket challenges over the years.
Teen with autism keeps perfect bracket through two rounds
In 2010, a teen boy with autism was the last person left out of almost 5 million entries in ESPN’s bracket challenge with a perfect bracket through two rounds. 17-year-old Alex Herrman predicted every upset and his feat was validated by a PDF document of his bracket.
12-year-old boy has best bracket
In 2015, Sam Holtz, 12, had the best bracket at the end of ESPN’s bracket challenge. More surprising than his age was that he rushed through filling out the bracket in about five minutes. He picked everything perfectly from the elite 8 through the national championship winner, and had 14 of the sweet 16 teams correct.
Mitt Romney has a surprisingly accurate bracket
In 2015, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s NCAA tourney bracket finished in the top 1 percentile. Romney picked Wisconsin to beat a stacked undefeated Kentucky team to reach the national championship game. He then went on to correctly predict that Duke would defeat Wisconsin and win the NCAA Championship.President Barack Obama’s bracket finished in the 40th percentile that year.
Man with perfect bracket didn't watch a full college basketball game
It doesn’t get much luckier than this. In 2015, a man who had the last perfect bracket in the ESPN challenge revealed that he didn’t watch any college basketball games during the season. He did it with no research and completed the bracket with 15 minutes left before the deadline.
Man with winning bracket forgets to pick winner
Last year, James Kiki had a bracket that would have won him $50,000 in the Yahoo bracket challenge if he would have picked a winner. He had 48 out of 60 games correctly and said that he would have picked Villanova to win the championship. He was ineligible for any prize though because he didn’t pick a winner at all. To make matters worse, Villanova went on to win the national championship. Tough luck.
The 64 teams that will compete in the 2017 NCAA tournament were announced on Selection Sunday, March 12.
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