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Nate Silver's NCAA Tournament Formula Arrives to Solve March Madness

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterMarch 20, 2013

Excuse us while we peek over and cheat off the smart guy. 

This year more than any, filling out a March Madness bracket has proved to be remarkably frustrating. Thanks to that damn parity that entertained us all season, there is no clear-cut group of favorites to hide behind. 

Thankfully, math magician Nate Silver is here to aid you during what is sure to be a mind-numbing attempt at fashioning this year's bracket. 

The video posted (h/t SportsGrid) will help explain some of the finer points to the formula Silver used to separate the likely champs from the not so likely. 

Then again, you can always lose yourself in the deep ocean of wonderful numbers as well as the interactive bracket over at The New York Times.  

Rest assured, there is still a reason to actually watch the games. While the formula had eventual champions Kentucky as favorites before the tournament in 2012, Silver offers the concession that Connecticut was a long shot in 2011; yet they still won the tourney. 

So, thankfully, a great deal of luck plays into how the tournament will end. As Silver has pointed out before, sports and elections can be better understood and predicted with number crunching. 

Yet, there is no such thing as a sure bet. The games commence and brackets will be thrown in the trash after expletive-laced tirades. 

Still, I will be over here cheating off the smart kid in class. I would suggest you do the same. 

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