The 2014 NCAA March Madness College Basketball Tournament got underway this week, and few could have predicted the upsets the bracket saw in its opening days. With impressive performances thus far by double-digit seeded Dayton, Mercer, Stanford, North Dakota State, Tennessee and Harvard, many favorites were eliminated early.
No year have the brackets fans submit prior to the tournament had so much importance. Billionaire Warren Buffet teamed with Yahoo to offer $1 billion to anybody who would be able to create a perfect bracket. Easy, you think? Heck no! Nate Silver, editor-in-chief of FiveThirtyEight.com said that the chances of a perfect bracket would be 1 in 7,419,071,319 (seven billion, four hundred nineteen million, seventy-one thousand, three hundred and nineteen).
The difficulty in creating the perfect bracket was proven as few escaped even the first day with a perfect bracket. After the second day (the end of the round of 64), only 1 perfect bracket could be found. The bracket, which belonged to Brad Binder of Illinois, was not eligible for the billion as he did not sign up.
After becoming an instant mini-celebrity, Binder lost his perfection on Saturday when #11 Dayton defeated #3 Syracuse.
How did my bracket do? Well, nice of you to ask. As of Sunday evening Eastern time, two of my final four had been eliminated (Duke and Kansas). This would have been bad even if my champion remained in the mix, but even they were gone. I had predicted Kansas would beat Arizona in the final matchup.
So, yeah, my bracket isn’t looking too great. How about yours?