March Madness 2013 may be officially underway, but for us bracketologists, today is the calm before the storm. As of right now, on the eve of the 64 team tournament officially tipping off, everyone has a perfect bracket and a shot at winning the office pool.
So what are your odds of picking a perfect bracket?
Not too good.
As a matter of fact, if you know someone who claims to have picked a perfect bracket, odds are that they are flat out lying.
According to Yahoo! Sports, DePaul mathematics professor Jeff Bergen calculated the odds of selecting all 63 games on a bracket correctly.
When you see what professor Bergen comes up with as a result, you will understand why some Las Vegas casinos and other contests are willing to give away $1 million for a perfect bracket!
The professor says that the odds of someone randomly predicting a perfect bracket: 1 in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808. Yes that's worse than the odds of hitting the Powerball lottery or getting hit by lightning.
National Geographic has those odds listed at one in 700,000.
If you happen to pick a perfect bracket in the 2013 March Madness tournament, consider yourself in a league of your own!