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With March Madness right around the corner, those hoping to nail the perfect NCAA bracket of college basketball championship match-ups might want to become familiar with very large numbers.

According to Jeff Bergen, DePaul University professor of mathematics and a lifelong collegiate basketball fan, the odds of picking a perfect bracket are less than one in 9.2 quintillion. For those with a solid knowledge of the history of the NCAA tournaments, the odds of picking a perfect bracket increase greatly but still involve numbers with lots of zeroes.

To see Bergen demonstrate the math, visit

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