By Adam Jakubiak
BU News Service

There are 9,223,372,036,354,775,808 possible ways to fill out a March Madness bracket. Following one of the wildest regular seasons in NCAA Men’s Basketball recent history, there doesn’t seem to be a clear-cut favorite to win it all, making many of those 9 quadrillion options viable. In short, it’s anyone’s game as the tournament tips off at 12:15 today.

The Louisville Cardinals enter the field as the number one overall seed, but other teams such as Indiana, Gonzaga and Kansas will look to show why they are the team to beat.  A total of 68 teams qualified for the tournament, but after the play-in games, only 64 remain as today’s slate of games begins.

This year’s Final Four will be held in Atlanta, Ga., at the Georgia Dome.  All the games will be broadcast live on CBS, TBS, TNT, or truTV or can be streamed live on the NCAA March Madness website for free.

With the Big Dance about to get underway, most people have finished or are putting the finishing touches on their brackets.  Filling out this year’s bracket seems to be the hardest multiple choice test ever, with everyone trying to figure out which team, if any, will bust everyone’s bracket and make a Cinderella run in the tournament.

President Obama has chimed in with his bracket, as he has done every year since he has taken office.  This year, Obama’s Final Four includes Indiana, Louisville, Florida, and Ohio State.  He has Indiana winning the championship over Louisville.  Obama correctly picked North Carolina to win the title in 2009, but then failed to predict any of the Final Four teams in 2010 and 2011.  Last year, he picked two of the Final Four teams in Kentucky and Ohio State, but the team he chose to win it all (North Carolina) didn’t make it.

 

 

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Honah Liles
Honah Liles is a recent graduate of BU's Broadcast Journalism program and former managing editor of the BU News Service. She currently works as a freelance writer in Boston at WCVB-TV. Honah previously earned a B.A. in biology from Barnard College but realized quickly that journalism was way more fun than working in a lab. She dabbled in radio at PRI's environmental news magazine program Living on Earth before heading to BU. Honah is often confused for a sports journalism major because of her small obsession with Boston teams. She is also a compulsive scrabble enthusiast, amateur baker and reluctant distance runner.
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