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Bracket enthusiasm widespread in the Bluegrass

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A Duke University professor said the odds of a picking a perfect bracket are 1 in 10 pentillion, that's 1 in 10 billion billion. A Duke University professor said the odds of a picking a perfect bracket are 1 in 10 pentillion, that's 1 in 10 billion billion.
WAVE 3 News Editor Tim Hannigan WAVE 3 News Editor Tim Hannigan

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Noon on Thursday - that's the deadline to have your March Madness brackets filled out. And yes, many basketball fans will be filling them out until the last second Thursday at work, trying to look at stats and get those picks in. So what are the keys to picking winners? It depends on who you ask.

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From would be experts, to stay at home moms and even the President of the United States, everybody has their picks. Although President Obama has the Louisville Cardinals in the Final Four, he is picking Michigan State to win it all.

In the Bluegrass, the Kentucky Wildcats and the defending National Champion Louisville Cardinals are getting plenty of love. Kentucky fan Taylor Barton said, "I'm hoping for the Cats, I'm optimistic."

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Why not get in? There's big time prize money on the line like Warren Buffet's well publicized Billion Dollar Bracket Challenge with Quicken Loans. And city to city, it's the trend. In Fargo, North Dakota, a perfect bracket gets you a new Harley Davidson.

Most of us have one or two brackets while other players are obsessed. We didn't have to go too far to find someone who was. WAVE 3 News Editor Tim Hannigan started with three brackets, then entered the Billion Dollar Bracket Challenge. He added three more in an office pool and then, "My friend always does ESPN's bracket and figured out you could do 10 on ESPN.com," Hannigan said.

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That's 17 brackets. We begged him to get therapy.

A Duke University professor said the odds of a picking a perfect bracket are 1 in 10 pentillion, that's 1 in 10 billion billion.

To make just decent picks you can consider stats, how a team is playing now and experts who point out things like Duke likely will win twice in Raleigh. They also highlight that Michigan State Coach Tom Izzo is tough in the tourney, a #12 always takes down a #5 and there's a reason why #1's are #1. Louisville was the #1 overall seed last year.

Don't forget, there's a Cinderella somewhere. Remember 15 seed Florida Gulf Coast?

And why not try local? The "Louisville Insider's" Tre Pryor created the Choker's Index. It takes a look at tournament history of teams with at least 15 NCAA appearances from 1985 to 2013. Cat fans will like this: Duke is on top, Choking 18 out of 27 times. Ohio State and Cincinnati are next in line.

Hannigan said of living in the state of Kentucky and being a basketball fan, "If you don't fill out a bracket in this region, come on, we have the past two National Champions and it's the most fun time of the year for us."

There are no terrible picks. Lets face it, favorite mascots and team colors probably are as good a pick as any.

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