EUGENE, Ore. — The Oregon Ducks are set to play BYU in the NCAA tournament Thursday; but before fans shift their focus to the game, they’re putting their efforts into bracketology.
Duck fans say they’re confident in their team, picking them to advance to at least the Sweet 16. They’re confidence carries over to their overall brackets, until the billion dollar question was asked.
Selection Sunday left Oregon Duck fans excited about March Madness. As they head for the NCAA Tournament again, this year as the 7th seed.
“I’m excited. I’m really excited. It gives me more incentive to watch the tournament, not that I wasn’t going to anyway. I’m excited,” said fan Brandon Sandberg.
“It feels great. I’ve been to almost all the home games. I was really hoping that they’d make it and it’s just great to be able to watch them continue to play,” said fan Alex Gedrose.
Before all the basketball action starts, blank brackets must be filled.
“I think they’re going to make a deeper run than a lot of people think. I have them upsetting Wisconsin and actually making it to the Sweet 16 again,” Gedrose said.
“My real bracket I’ve changed I think two or three times. I think I’m going to go back tonight and objectively look at it and change it again probably, but I think it looks good. Right now it looks great. Let’s put it that way,” said fan Daniel Goodkin-gold.
According to ESPN, Warren Buffet and Quicken Loans are offering up $1 billion to anyone with a perfect bracket. That’s something that’s got these fans buzzing.
“I’m trying to get in on that,” Gedrose said.
But not sure if they’d mess with. “The perfect bracket. I’m not the person to ask about that because I’ve never had one. I don’t know anyone that’s ever had a perfect bracket. It’s near impossible. I know that,” Sandberg said.
If they listen to the advice of University of Oregon math professor Hal Sadofsky that’s the best choice.
“If you’re just randomly guessing who’s going to win the games, your chances of getting right are about 1:9,000,000,000,000,000, which is so staggeringly small that you can’t really expect anybody to do this before the universe comes to an end,” Sadofsky said.
“There’s just no way of telling what’s going to happen,” Gedrose said.
The Ducks play at 12 PDT Thursday.