While no one has ever had a perfect bracket, maybe 2021 is the year someone defies the huge odds.
WASHINGTON — March Madness has arrived and we now know the 68 teams who will compete in the men’s NCAA basketball tournament.
Last year’s tournament was scrapped due to the COVID-19 pandemic and there are a couple of key changes in place this year to make sure the event can happen safely.
First, the entire tournament is happening in one geographic location, with most of the games occurring in Indianapolis.
The First Four will kick things off on Thursday, March 18. All of the First Four games will happen on one day, as opposed to being spread out over two days like past years.
Then, the remaining 64 teams will compete when the First Round gets underway on Friday, March 19 and Saturday, March 20.
You can click here to download a printable bracket or download the one embedded here to fill out for March Madness 2021.
And even though there has never been a perfect March Madness bracket, maybe this is your year?
What are the odds of a perfect bracket?
According to NCAA.com, if you were to simply guess or flip a coin for each matchup, the odds of a perfect NCAA bracket are 1 in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808.
However, NCAA.com also notes that the odds are more like 1 in 120.2 billion, if the person making the bracket takes into account info about which teams are better and tournament history.
It’s believed that the closest anyone has gotten to a perfect bracket occurred during the last March Madness.
During the 2019 tournament, an Ohio man correctly guessed all the games going into the Sweet 16, according to NCAA.com. But his streak of 49 correct picks was ended when Purdue beat Tennessee 99-94 in overtime of the second game in the Sweet 16.
RELATED: Selection Sunday: Gonzaga, Baylor, Illinois and Michigan get No. 1 seeds
RELATED: Key March Madness changes for 2021 NCAA tournament
RELATED: March Madness: What is the S-Curve being used to seed teams in 2021?
RELATED: March Madness 2021: Fun facts to get ready for tournament tip-off