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5 Things You Need To Remember Before You Enter Warren Buffett’s $1 Billion NCAA Tournament Challenge

Submitted by on March 17, 2014 – 11:36 am2 Comments

Warren Buffett wants to give you $1 billion. Er, okay. He doesn’t want to give you $1 billion. But if you’re able to fill out a 2014 NCAA Tournament bracket correctly, he’s willing to award you with a billi for your troubles.

Unfortunately, though, it’s not going to be easy to win his challenge. In fact, your chances of correctly predicting the outcome of the NCAA Tournament is 1 in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808. You’d have a better chance of convincing Angelina Jolie to divorce Brad Pitt and run away with you. But if you’re going to enter the challenge, you might as well at least try to win it, right? So to help you out, we’ve come up with a list of the 5 things you need to remember before you fill out your bracket. Good luck!

#1: No. 1 seeds don’t lose to No. 16 seeds. Ever.

In the history of the entire NCAA Tournament, a No. 1 seed has never lost to a No. 16 seed. So go ahead and fill in all of the No. 1 seeds first. It’s pretty much the only surefire thing in the entire tournament and will make it so that, technically, you only need to predict 59 games instead of 63. Your odds are already better!

#2: At least one No. 12 seed typically knocks off a No. 5 seed.

Can this even be considered an “upset” anymore?! Every single year, a No. 12 seed manages to knock off a No. 5 seed. And a lot of times, that No. 12 seed goes on to win one or two more games, too. So you should try and pick at least one No. 12 seed that you like and advance them one or two rounds.

#3: There are going to be at least two Cinderella teams that no one sees coming.

If you’re going to win $1 billion, you’re going to have to take risks. And that starts with picking a team that no one else is picking and advancing them to the Elite 8. Do you think that Tulsa has what it takes to make it to the second weekend of the tournament? Or what about Providence? Or maybe Manhattan? People are going to call you an idiot for picking this team. But trust us: There is going to be at least one team that no one sees coming (Florida Gulf Coast in 2013, anyone?) that makes a run in the tournament. And if you don’t have them, you’re done.

#4: All four No. 1 seeds aren’t going to make the Final Four.

If you fill out your bracket and you have four No. 1 seeds in the Final Four, just tear it up now. The No. 1 seeds are all really solid teams. But come on—this is the NCAA Tournament! Upsets happen and they’re not all going to the Final Four. Take some risks!

#5: Your bracket will probably be busted by the middle of the first day.

As we mentioned earlier, the chances of winning Warren Buffet’s challenge are, well, not good. So don’t expect to come close to winning a billion dollars. But if you do happen to win, remember who gave you a few pieces of advice. We wouldn’t mind a million or two coming our way!

See you on Thursday afternoon…

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