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.


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


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


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


Number of University of Arizona NCAA tournament appearances.


Number of UA Final Four appearances.


Year that UA won the national championship.







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