Breaking Down the Optimal Bracket: It's Time to Win Your Office Pool
Thereâ€™s a wholesale store in rural North Carolina that sells hundreds and hundreds of college clothing items, ranging from long-sleeve shirts to gym shorts, to sweatpants to regular old t-shirts. I have family about 45 minutes from the store, and every time I visit, we make a stop. Why? Because, for my wardrobe, thereâ€™s nothing better than random college Tâ€™s.
Last year, my now fiancÃ©e won her office pool. Sheâ€™s a lot smarter than you and I, but not exactly from a college basketball perspective. How did she win? Well, she chose teams based on whether or not I owned a piece of clothing representing those teams. And she won.
You didnâ€™t have ninth-seeded Wichita State in the Final Four? She did. You didnâ€™t pick Florida Gulf Coast to beat Georgetown? She did. You didnâ€™t have Harvard over New Mexico, and La Salle in the Sweet 16? Iâ€™m not even kidding, people â€“ she did.
Itâ€™s not a scientific way of winning, and Iâ€™m ready to bet (hopefully sheâ€™s not reading this) that sheâ€™ll finish more towards the bottom quarter percentile this year as opposed to the top. And Iâ€™m always willing to bet that our optimized bracket, which actually would have beat hers last year, is going to win out once again.
You can get lucky, and there will always be unforeseen upsets during March Madness. But donâ€™t go into this yearâ€™s tournament choosing teams with the best colors, ones with the coolest mascot or the teams represented in your fiancÃ©â€™s wardrobe.
Go with math.
Weâ€™re not guaranteeing a billion dollar perfect bracket. But weâ€™re pretty confident that our optimized one, which you can find here, is going to help you win some cash against your colleagueâ€™s this year.
So who do we have winning and why do we think theyâ€™ll be victorious? Iâ€™ve got it all broken down for you below.
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