Build a March Madness Bracket and We’ll Guess Your Age

By: Raj Chander

Build a March Madness Bracket and We’ll Guess Your Age
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About This Quiz

In the debate between professional and college basketball, those who prefer amateur ball have one big ace up their sleeves: March Madness, also known as the NCAA Championship Tournament.

The top teams from all over the country in every conference meet in the nation's largest arenas to battle it out for hardwood supremacy. Much of the frenzy is about the sheer volume of basketball - this year will feature 67 games played in 19 days.

The other major attraction that packs fans into bars and onto living room couches every March is the tournament's parity. Unlike the pros, where the better team almost always emerges victorious from a seven-game series, any March Madness game has the capability of delivering a huge upset. Just ask last year's University of Virginia Cavaliers, the first No. 1 seed to lose to a No. 16 seed in over 30 years.

The unpredictability is part of what makes filling out a bracket so challenging. Despite the task's astounding difficulty - a Duke math professor calculated the odds of getting a perfect bracket at around 1 in 9.2 quintillion -  millions of people from all walks of life participate in pools at work, school, or among friends to see who can best predict the results of the games. 

Give us some insight into the way your bracket is assembled, and we'll guess how old you are - hit the questions to get started!

Duke is led by dominating athlete Zion Williamson. How far will he take them?
Final 4
They'll win the championship.
Elite Eight.
Sweet 16.

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UNC has a team of veterans, coached by the legendary Roy Williams. What will be their tournament fate?
They'll be in the Final 4.
They'll cut down the nets as champions!
They'll lose in the Elite Eight.
They'll be upset in the early rounds.

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How many March Madness brackets have you done before?
I lost count a while ago.
More than 10.
Between 5 and 10.
Fewer than 3.

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Louisville blew a 23-point lead against Duke this season. How far can in the tournament can they go after this historic loss?
They can still win the whole thing!
Elite Eight
Maybe the Sweet 16, if they have a good draw.
They'll be out early.

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What's going on around you as you are watching the March Madness games?
Pleasant conversations among the friends and family I'm around.
Drinks are being served and games are being played!
Some people are watching, but some are playing with iPads or other games.
Not much - I'm relaxing quietly at home or a family member's place.

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Who's cheering and screaming at the games along with you?
Just a few family members.
Friends from school.
College classmates.
My buddies from work, mostly.

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Last year, the UVA Cavaliers were involved in one of the tournament's most historic upsets. Which round will they make it to this year?
The Final 4
Sweet 16
Elite 8.
They'll lose in the first round again!

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After a long weekend of watching the games of the opening round, what are you doing the Monday after?
Going to school.
Going to the office but moving a bit slower than usual.
Skipping class to go out to eat with friends.
Working normally.

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Which factor most influences the teams you pick to win in your bracket?
I mostly just use intuition and impulse.
Previous experience watching the teams.
Research and watching a lot of games.
Whichever teams and players I think are the coolest.

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Which of these teams from the south will win their division?
Duke Blue Devils
University of Virginia Cavaliers
University of North Carolina Tar Heels
Kentucky Wildcats

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What's your snack of choice during the games?
Yogurt
Bruschetta
Whatever my parents serve.
Wings

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What's the most exciting thing about the Big Dance?
The high-flying dunks and deep shots.
Watching teams get upset.
Seeing how much the players enjoy the games.
Spending time with loved ones while watching the games.

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What are you most likely to be drinking while you make your bracket?
At least one frosty beverage!
A tall glass of water.
Juice or lemonade
Coldbrew or homebrew!

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With veteran coach John Calipari and sophomore star P.J. Washington leading the way, how long will Kentucky last in the dance?
Final 4
Elite 8
Sweet 16
They'll be upset in the first round.

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Who will be this year's Cinderella team?
Lipscomb
Loyola-Chicago (again)
UNC Greensboro
Harvard

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Which team from the Midwest will make it longest in the tournament?
Purdue
Indiana
Illinois State
University of Michigan

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Which of these legendary college coaches do you admire most?
Roy Williams
Mike Krzyzewski
John Wooden
John Calipari

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Will you be making any wagers on any games?
Only informal ones with family.
I bet a burger here and there.
Maybe just casual ones with friends.
No.

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Which trait is most important for a team to win the tournament?
Raw talent.
Fun handshakes.
Good coaching.
Team cohesion.

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They're both exciting, but how does NBA basketball compare to the NCAA in your opinion?
It's more fun to watch basketball at the highest level of athleticism.
College is better - it's more of a team sport.
NBA is way better because of the dunks.
Both are fun, but I prefer college.

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Which team makes it out of the east in your bracket?
Davidson Wildcats
Maryland Terrapins
Butler Bulldogs
University of North Carolina Tar Heels

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What's your favorite music to listen to while watching the games and seeing how your bracket performs?
Classic Rock
Pop
Rap
Alt Rock

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Which team has the toughest crowd?
Kentucky Wildcats
UNC Tar Heels
Duke Blue Devils
Indiana Hoosiers

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How much time do you spend coming up with the perfect bracket each year?
About 45 minutes.
15 to 20 minutes.
Over an hour.
Not much, maybe 5 to 10 minutes.

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How does your bracket usually perform compared to those you know?
I usually have one of the better brackets.
I'm about average.
I never really remember.
I either do much better or much worse.

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What style of college play is your favorite?
The fastest pace possible.
Long-range shooting.
Explosive dunking.
Team basketball involving a lot of passing.

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If your bracket ended up being the best in your group, how would you celebrate?
Bragging about it at school.
Making everyone buy me drinks.
Reminding them the next time we all get together.
Being happy for a few hours, then moving on.

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What will happen on the last play of the championship game?
The winning team will dribble out the clock.
A game-ending buzzer-beating dunk.
It will end on a last-second three.
The game will be tied and go into overtime.

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When your bracket gets busted, how do you respond?
Complaining about it to my parents.
Drowning my sorrows.
Talking to people at work about how crazy a loss it was.
Moving on with my life.

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What's the most important lesson to be learned from March Madness?
Teamwork
Perseverance
Courage
Open-mindedness

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