BY THE NUMBERS: March Madness

Compiled by Deanna Sherman

9.2 quintillion*

Chances of you filling out a “perfect bracket.”

60 million*

Number of Americans who fill out a bracket each year.

$1 billion*

Amount of money potentially spent on off-book gambling.

$1.34 million***

The average cost for a 30-second ad during March Madness in 2012.

$100,000***

Payment total that Warren Buffet gives to the 20 closest bracket predictions.

15,025*

Total attendance at the first NCAA men’s basketball tournament in 1939.

1977*

The year it is believed the first “bracket challenge” began.

31****

Number of University of Arizona NCAA tournament appearances.

4****

Number of UA Final Four appearances.

1997****

Year that UA won the national championship.

 

Sources: 

* smithsonianmag.com/history/when-did-filling-out-march-madness-bracket-become-popular-180950162/?no-ist

** http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/rpi

*** http://hellogiggles.com/10-fun-facts-you-didnt-know-about-march-madness

**** http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/tournament/history/_/team1/5229

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