March Madness making minds go mad

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Connecticut's Jalen Adams (2) dives on the floor for a steal against Houston's Damyean Dotson (21) at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Conn., on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016. Houston won, 75-68. (Photo by Tribune News Service)

By Ryan Molini, sports editor

Connecticut's Jalen Adams (2) dives on the floor for a steal against Houston's Damyean Dotson (21) at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Conn., on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016. Houston won, 75-68. (Photo by Tribune News Service)
Connecticut’s Jalen Adams (2) dives on the floor for a steal against Houston’s Damyean Dotson (21) at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Conn., on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016. Houston won, 75-68. (Photo by Tribune News Service)

March has arrived. The smell of dirty unwanted snow in Chicago and 14ºF morning fill the air. However, with March, comes the greatest basketball month of the year — March Madness.
Statistically, any bracketologist whether professional or amatuer has a 1 in 9.2 quintillion chance of filling out a perfect bracket (1 in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 more specifically).
Every year people will fill out their bracket, most likely on espn.com, and every single one of them will claim their bracket will be better than the person next to theirs. In recent years, when powerhouses like Kentucky and Duke were sure-Final-Four teams, predicting an accurate or somewhat accurate Final Four was decently possible … decently.
This year’s different.
This year there’s been seven changes in number one teams on the AP poll. Seven changes … In those seven changes, there’s been six different teams that have held the blessing and curse of the number one team this year. The longest any team has held the spotlight was Michigan St. from weeks five through eight.
Kansas currently hold the number one ranking in the poll at week 17 with a record of 25-4. Kentucky had no losses as the number one ranked team week 17 last year. Wichita St. also had no losses as the number two ranked team two years ago in the first week of March.
Clearly, this year is different.
The difficulty of predicting teams this year shouldn’t take away from the fact that this tournament is one of the greatest in sports. Schools, restaurants, offices and iPhones on the train all tune in to the day-long 20 minute halves that can turn a dead-beat school into a cinderella story. As long as there’s upsets, I’m happy. There’s no greater sight than seeing a team ESPN has hyped for the last four months for having “consistently unbelievable talent every year” and then losing to Wisconsin in the Final Four last year. #38-1.
At the end of the day, yes, I will fill out at bracket probably Selection Sunday night. Yes, I will argue my picks are better than everyone else’s. Why wouldn’t they be? If they weren’t better, I wouldn’t have picked them.
So this upcoming March Madness season, do not count on very many things to go your way when it comes to bracketology. There’s only a couple sure locks — Duke will get a high seed because of the biased committee, Villanova will choke as they do every year and you definitely won’t predict a perfect bracket. After all, the odds are ever in your favor.