March Madness is over, and losers have to pay up. Monday night, Villanova won it at all at the final game of the NCAA tournament,routing Michigan 79-62. Even though there are 147 quintillion (that’s 18 zeros) possible bracket combinations, college basketball fans still try to come up with the perfect bracket, essentially guessing which of the 68 teams will advance and meet to butt heads in the Final Four. Some sports enthusiasts rely on their own basketball knowledge and instincts. Others use websites like the University of Illinois’ Bracket Odds.
Going into the NCAA tournament, Morning Shift generated our own bracket using Bracket Odds, and asked WBEZ sports contributor Cheryl Raye-Stout to muster all of her expertise to create her own “perfect bracket.” We check back in with Stout and Bracket Odds director Prof. Sheldon Jacobson and find out who had the more successful bracket: Cheryl or the Machine?
Cheryl Raye-Stout, WBEZ sports contributor