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CRAWFORD BLOG | The mesmerizing math of the NCAA bracket

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RJ Bell of Pregame.com always has some of the most interesting numbers on major sporting events. He weighed in Monday with more on the NCAA Tournament.

There are 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 possible brackets (9.2 quintillion).

Then he gave some examples of just how big this number is:

-- 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.

-- 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 43 years to fill out every possible bracket.

-- If all possible brackets were stacked on top of each other (on standard paper), the pile would reach from the moon and back over 1.1 million times.

And finally this one which brings home just how hard it is to pick this field: Even if a person had a 90% chance of winning each game he picked, his odds would still be 763 to 1 against picking a perfect bracket.

Note: The calculations above assume a 64 team bracket – if expanded to consider 68 teams, multiply the figures by 4.

No thanks. I'll take RJ's word for it.

The following are updated Vegas odds on each team to win the tourney. Get more stats and tips like these from www.twitter.com/RJinVegas.

LOUISVILLE 5/1
INDIANA 8/1
MIAMI FL 8/1
DUKE 10/1
FLORIDA 10/1
KANSAS 10/1
GONZAGA 12/1
OHIO ST 18/1
MICHIGAN ST 18/1
GEORGETOWN 18/1
MICHIGAN 20/1
WISCONSIN 25/1
NEW MEXICO 28/1
ST LOUIS 30/1
SYRACUSE 35/1
MARQUETTE 38/1
ARIZONA 50/1
NORTH CAROLINA 50/1
VCU 55/1
NC STATE 60/1
KANSAS ST 60/1
PITTSBURGH 66/1
MISSOURI 90/1
MEMPHIS 100/1
CREIGHTON 100/1
BUTLER 100/1
OREGON 100/1
OKLAHOMA ST 105/1
UCLA 105/1
UNLV 105/1
MINNESOTA 110/1
NOTRE DAME 110/1
ILLINOIS 200/1
COLORADO 300/1
CINCINNATI 300/1
WICHITA ST 300/1
CALIFORNIA 300/1
SAN DIEGO ST 300/1
TEMPLE 500/1
VILLANOVA 500/1
IOWA ST 500/1
COLORADO ST 500/1
OKLAHOMA 500/1
OLE MISS 500/1
ST MARY'S 1000/1
DAVIDSON 1000/1
BELMONT 1000/1
LASALLE 1000/1
BOISE ST 1000/1
TEAM NOT LISTED 150/1

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