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THE BRACKET RACKET

By Marc Lawrence — Picking a perfect bracket. Not only has it NEVER happened, this year it was 0-for-16.2 million in games thru the first early rounds of this year’s NCAA tournament.

That’s how many people entered the ESPN Bracket Challenge.

The deepest any one has sniffed their way into the Sweet 16 round occurred in the 2019 tourney when a neuropsychologist from Columbus, Ohio was perfect with his first 49 picks before his bracket suffered its first loss when Purdue beat Tennessee 99-94 in overtime in the 50th game of the tournament.

That run of 49 correct games will be very hard to top in the future. For what it’s worth, it’s the second time in three years that Purdue has busted a record-holding perfect bracket.

As we called out on this page before this year’s tournament started, the odds of a perfect 63-game NCAA bracket can be as high as 1 in 9.2 quintillion.

How do odds like that compute? The late DePaul professor Jeff Bergen estimated if every person on the planet, 7.5 billion, began filling out a bracket per minute, it would take over 2,000 years to fill out 9.2 quintillion.

Trending Today

Former Tennessee Titans offensive lineman Isaiah Wilson was arrested and charged with multiple offenses after a high-speed car chase in Georgia on Jan. 7.

The vehicle registered a speed of 123 mph on radar, causing the pursuing officer to turn on his sirens and begin the pursuit. The chase was called off because it reached dangerous speeds as high as 140 mph.

After Wilson’s car crashed, the officer placed him under arrest seeing him standing in the vehicle with his upper torso extending out of the sunroof.

A small bag containing 0.2 grams of acid was found in Wilson’s car during the booking process at the jail.

When Tennessee traded Wilson, a 2019 first-round draft pick, to Miami last week in exchange for a seventh-round pick, the Dolphins felt they had a steal. Instead the Dolphins waived Wilson on Saturday after he missed three-team meetings and was late for two others. In the end the team determined that he was not receptive to its offers to help him.

It appears that its time for Wilson to turn to the Book of Isaiah – ASAP.

Grinding Out The Profits

From the Playbook Sweet 16 Tourney Guide The Pac-12 is just 8-23 ATS when coming off an ATS win in the Sweet 16 Round of the NCAA tourney.

Meanwhile, UCLA is 1-9 ATS in its last ten games in the Sweet 16 Round.

With the Pac-12’s super success to date in this year’s event, let’s see how many of those dominoes fall this weekend.

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