How little is .00003%?
Whether or not you are a sports fan, a March Madness Maniac, a college basketball aficionado, or just someone who loves a good yarn, this year’s NCAA Championship Tournament brought a whole new meaning to the term “Cinderella Story.”
“March Madness” is the marketing term coined by the minds responsible for promoting the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, and a madness it has become. At the end of the college hoops season, 64 teams face off, hoping to make it through the “Final Four” to win the whole shebang.
But this March, the true miracle of athletic achievement was on display, as the top seeds and odds-on favorites went toppling off the bracket, pushed by determined underdogs. Of the four divisional #1 seeds, Kansas, Duke, Pittsburgh and Ohio State (who was also ranked the overall #1 seed), not a single team made it to the Final Four. In fact, only one those teams, Kansas, made it to the prior round, known as the “Elite Eight.” Instead, the Final Four were Kentucky and Connecticut, the East 3rd and West 4th seeds respectively, and Butler and VCU, the 8th and 11th seeds from the Southeast and Southwest.
Just how much of an upset was the 2011 Final Four bracket where the Kentucky Wildcats faced the Connecticut Huskies and the Butler Bulldogs went up against the VCU Rams? According to a story on AOLNews.com, so much so that out of the 5.9 million people who filled out ESPN’s online bracket with their predictions, only two (2) predicted that outcome. Of the 3 million who completed Yahoo’s Tourney Pick ‘Em, only one got it right. Three people out of nearly 9 million. That’s just .00003% of the fans who completed the brackets. Now, that’s a Cinderella story.