You won’t get the chance to win $1 billion of Warren Buffett’s money this year because he’s not offering his perfect NCAA tournament bracket contest this year (lawsuits between the parties involved in last year’s contest caused it to be scrapped).
But that’s okay. You’re not picking a perfect bracket anyway.
According to RJ Bell of Pregame.com, there are 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 possible bracket combinations. That’s 9.2 quintillion.
Bell further illustrated just how big this number is:
If one bracket per second were filled out, it would take 292 BILLION years to fill out all possible brackets (that’s 20 times longer than the universe has existed).
If all the people on earth filled out one bracket per second, it would take over 42 YEARS to fill out every possible bracket.
If everyone on the planet each randomly filled out a bracket, the odds would be over ONE BILLION to 1 against any person having a perfect bracket.
All possible brackets on normal paper would circle the globe over 21 MILLION TIMES.
All possible brackets (on standard paper) would weigh over 184 TRILLION TONS (that’s over 500 MILLION times more than the Empire State Building weighs)
So yeah, a 1 in 9.2 quintillion chance isn’t good. But say you have even a little bit of basketball knowledge. You know that No. 16 seeds never beat No. 1 seeds, and that No. 12 and No. 11 seeds are pretty good at pulling off upsets. Doesn’t that count for anything?
According to Jeffrey Bergen, a math professor at DePaul, your odds of a perfect bracket get better under such a scenario: To 1 in 128 billion.
To put that number into perspective, you have a 1 in 175 million chance of hitting the Powerball jackpot.
So you’re not going to pick a perfect bracket, but you still want to pick a good bracket. Check out The Post’s NCAA tournament database before you make your selections.