1 in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808

1 in 9.2 quintillion- the chances of making a perfect bracket for the annual NCAA Men’s basketball tournament.

There are about 70 million brackets filled out every year, and there has never been a perfect bracket.

Out of this year’s ~70 million brackets, only .01% made it through the first two days of the tournament.

We asked head varsity boys basketball coach Joe Mahoney, a college basketball fanatic, what game he thought was the most surprising game of the tournament so far:

“I thought the Northern Iowa vs Texas A&M was the most surprising, because of the 12 points Texas scored in the last 30 seconds to send it into overtime.”

Mahoney added, “Usually when people see a team down 12 with 30 seconds left they think its over, and as a coach its really cool to see that coming back in that situation is a possibility.”

For those of you who have not been following the tournament, Texas A&M was down 12 points with about 30 seconds left, came back to send it into overtime, and ended up winning in double overtime.

Due to the many upsets this March has brought, including the devastating first round loss Michigan State suffered to Middle Tennessee State, only 17 out of the ~70 million brackets filled out correctly picked out the 16 teams to make it past the first two rounds.

The Sweet 16 begins Thursday, March 24.

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