Math professor gives tips to the perfect March Madness bracket

Math professor gives tips to the perfect March Madness bracket

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The odds of having a perfect college basketball March Madness bracket are 1 in 9,000,000,000,000,000,000.

Monday night, Mathematician and Davidson College math professor Tim Chartier guest lectured at The Citadel and gave extra tips on how math can make those odds much lower.

Chartier says many people try just flipping a coin, but when he tried that, his bracket finished better than only 1.7% of brackets submitted on

"The biggest thing people want to watch is who is hot and as we move toward the tournament, but hot in terms of hot against strong teams," Chartier said. "The biggest mistake people make in Bracketology is they go with their heart no matter what the data says. They just can't let that team win or they have to see their team do well".

There are a lot of random crazy trends Chartier says you can follow like the fact that since 2004, Louisville is the only team to win the national championship without having blue in its colors or that human mascot teams are 10 times more likely to beat reptile mascot teams.

His class at Davidson creates an algorithm every year to predict games. In 2012, they finished in the 99.9th percentile on ESPN. In the recent FIFA World Cup, they finished in the 97th.

If you'd like to take the easy way out, you can visit the class's website.

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