The 2017 NCAA college basketball tournament is nearly here, and you know what that means: time to fill out a bracket! Or should you? If you’re a March Madness master or have no idea what the hoopla is about, take this quiz if you really should fill out a bracket during this year’s tournament.
With Selection Sunday taking place on March 12, soon sports fans will participate in the yearly tradition of filling out their predictions for the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament. Office workers, sports-obsessed families and even American presidents all fill out their bracket choices, hoping that the team they pick to win March Madness makes it all the way to the championship game on April 3.
Yet, some people have never filled out a bracket in their entire lives! How sad. On the other hand, there are those who really should say “no” whenever asked if they want to join in the office pool for this year’s tournament. If you’re unsure if you should dive into March Madness or abstain, take the quiz above and all will be revealed!
Picking a perfect bracket is a mix of rocket science, black magic and dumb luck. In the last six years of the NCAA’s official Bracket Challenge game, the percentage of people picking the perfect Final Four alone is 0-1.36%. In the 2016 tournament, only 0.0093% of all submitted brackets named Villanova, Oklahoma, North Carolina and Syracuse as the last four teams standing.
So, it’s not so much about getting it right but having fun. Former president Barack Obama, 55, took part in the March Madness tradition while in the white house. He had a 74.4% success rating in the opening round (per FTW) and three of those years, he correctly picked one team in the final.
He even got it right in 2009, saying North Carolina would win it all. President Donald Trump, 70, saying he won’t fill out a bracket this year, but considering how he reacts whenever something doesn’t go his way, it’s probably the wise choice.
Selection Sunday will reveal the official bracket and also name the four No. 1 seeds for the tournament. Kansas, Villanova, North Carolina, Gonzaga, Oregon and UCLA are the teams competing for these top rankings. Basketball fans will have to wait until the NCAA committee unrolls the bracket. From there, it’s up to sports fans to have some fun making their picks (unless they really should sit this one out.)
What results did you get in the quiz, HollywoodLifers? Are you going to fill out a bracket this year?