BLACKSBURG, Va. – March Madness is almost here, which means it’s time to start filling out college basketball brackets.
But what is the likelihood of building the perfect bracket, or predicting the final four?
Virginia Tech marketing professor Rajesh Bagchi said the chances of creating a perfect bracket is one in nine quintillions — that’s 18 zeros.
Bagchi also shared some tips on how to build a successful bracket.
Bagchi said choosing two of the number one seed teams to make it to the final four is 50% likely.
There is also an 82% likelihood that a number two seed will make it to the final four.
Bagchi also shared where upsets n the tournament are most likely to happen.
“What happens in more likely in terms of upsets is interestingly number nine seeds win more games against number eight seeds. I think it’s almost like 52% of the time,” he said.
Bagchi also recommends staying away from picking a number 12 seed or lower to be in the final four because he says it has never happened.