The Retort (Billings, Mont.) 1955-2014, April 03, 2014, Image 13

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Sorts MARCH MADNESS FACTS AND STATS 3 than 4? That's a little 1 morel common. Nine teams total have made it to the NCAA Championship game as a #5 seed or lower, the lowest being the 1985 Villanova team that won the championship as a No. 8 seed. By CORY LOVEC sports@msubretort.org M arch Madness. College basketball simply owns the month of March. Seemingly everyone fills out their version of the NCAA Tournament bracket, including Mr. President himself, in what ESPN has called \Baracketology\ (a play on the phrase \Bracketology\— used to indicate the so-called \science\ of picking brackets). This year, the greatest reward ever—$1,000,000,000 (that's $1 billion if you stopped counting zeroes)—would have been given to any person who picked a perfect bracket; that is, every single game they picked they picked the winner. That seems like quite the hefty reward, but don't kid yourself, the backers of that money knew the odds (odds you'll see below). March Madness is all about statistics, so here are a few to keep those college basketball fact/stat lovers happy: -This year, Warren Buffet offered the legendary $1 billion award to someone who picked a perfect bracket. Why was he so willing to offer so much? Well, the odds of picking a perfect bracket are 1 in 9.2 quintillion (a one with 18 zeroes behind it, or a billion billions)! It should be noted though, that mathematical algorithms have shown that someone with a significant knowledge of college basketball and the teams in the tournament could increase their odds to \just\ 1 in 128 billion. Buffet's money was safe all along. 'The Big East has won only 3 NCAA Championships ever, with the last coming in 1985 (Villanova). -After just the first full round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament, out of over 11 million brackets entered into ESPN's bracket challenge and a shot at $1 billion, ZERO perfect brackets were left. 'By conference, the Pac- 12 has the most NCAA Championship wins, with 16. \Of the last 24 championships, 18 have been won by #1 seeds (75%). And from 1990-2003, a No. 1 seed won the tournament 11 of 13 tries (85%). 'The Final Four is usually between very highly ranked teams. The lowest seeds to ever make it as far as the Final Four? George Mason (2006) and LSU (1986), both as #11 seeds. 'Basketball in the Midwest? Not so great. Just taking a look at the closest states to Montana reveals very interesting numbers. Wyoming is the only state surrounding Montana to win a Championship, and they took home a trophy in 1943. Oregon and Utah have each won one as well. Believe it or not, no schools in Washington, Nebraska, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Colorado, Idaho, or Montana have ever won a Men's NCAA Tournament. 'Upsets this year have been more abundant than ever. Mercer? North Dakota State? Dayton? Stephen F. Austin? Wichita State going down in the second round? Yes, 2014 has been a crazy year of March Madness to say the least! 'Only three teams ranked below a four seed have ever taken home the championship trophy: N.C. State, Villanova, and Kentucky, all within a 6 year stretch from 1983-'88. Teams to make it to the tournament as a seed lower \In case you're wondering, the lowest seed to ever win the NCAA Championship was Villanova, as a #8 seed in 1985. 'Ranked by state, California has taken home the most NCAA Championships all- time, with 15. Kentucky and North Carolina have 11 each. \Since 1979, when ranked seeding became more official, the NCAA tournament has been won by a 1-4 seed 32 of 35 times (91%). \Butler is the only team to ever make it to the NCAA Championship game in two consecutive years in which they were not a top 4 seed. They made it in 2010 as a #5 seed, and again in '11 as a #8 seed, coming up just short of winning both times. 'The Final Four has been made up of all #1 seeds only once in the history of tournament seeding, in 2008 when Kentucky, Memphis, North Carolina, and UCLA all made it. 'Similarly interesting, No. 1 seeds have only matched up in the Championship game on four different occasions: 2008, 2005, 1999, and 1993. SOFTBALL DROPS DOUBLE-HEADER TO SAINTS ON STRIKEOUT CANCER DAY By MSU BILLINGS ATHLETICS B ILLINGS, Mont. – The Montana State University Billings Softball team lost both games against conference opponent Saint Martin's University by scores of 2-3 and 2-10. Four Saints had a homerun as Saint Martin's University (15-13, 9-4 Great Northwest Athletic Conference) held off the Yellowjackets in the first game and then had a big seventh inning in game two to put it out of reach in the second game as the Saints picked up both wins. Montana State University Billings (9-14, 4-10) was just edged out in game one. All three of Saint Martin's runs in the first game came off of homeruns. Lacey McGladrey, who was 3-3 in the game, hit a two-run shot over the center field fence and Sam Munger hit a solo shot off a 1-2 count to give the Saints three runs in the third inning. MSUB would put up a run in the bottom of the third on a SMU error to get the score to 1-3. The Yellowjackets second run of the game came in the bottom of the sixth inning when Taylor Hoke hit a deep single to right field to bring in Cori Gammon. Both team's pitchers would go the distance in game one. SMU's Sam Munger (11-8) fanned six hits while allowing one earned run and striking out three as she picked up the win. Jessyka MacDonald (4-3) recorded the loss on five hits and three runs. Game two featured hits by both teams as MSUB had nine while SMU had 11, but the Yellowjackets stranded eight batters as the Saints were able to push across five runs in innings two and four, and then another five in the top of the seventh. MSU Billings' two runs came in the third and sixth innings. Lead-off hitter Bella Rovens hit her first career homerun at the top of the third inning and Taylor Hoke would come in from third off a Brittney Sanders single in the sixth. For the Saints, shortstop Dani Wall and designated player Riko Toyama both had homeruns in game two. Up by three runs in the top of the seventh, Taviah Jenkins would produce an RBI from a single into right. Wall would step to the plate and hit a 3 RBI homerun over the right field fence. The Saints would add a run off a walk and with bases loaded the Yellowjackets would get their third out on a strikeout to end the seventh inning. Munger would earn her second win of the day for the Saints on the pitcher's mound. Jessica Campbell (0-2) who went 6.2 innings before being relieved by Amanda Todd, picked up the loss for the Yellowjackets. \In game 1 today we had a couple of mistake pitches combined with a struggling offense,\ Head Coach Lisa Allen said. \We needed to make an adjustment sooner and needed to string the hits together. In game 2 of the day we had similar problems. We gave them 8 of their 10 runs on mistake pitches and errors. Again our offense struggled stringing the hits together. Saint Martin's did a good job of turning double plays in order to kill our rallies. Tomorrow we will focus on hitting in order to help support our pitching staff. The defense still played very well today. The important thing is that we need to feed off the positives that we had today and learn from the negatives and apply that knowledge tomorrow.\ Today was also \Strikeout Cancer\ Day at the Avitus Group Stadium. MSU Billings student- athletes collected donations, and wore the color lavender in Saint Martin's 003 000 0 - 3 5 2 (14-13, 8-4 GNAC) MT State Billings... 001 001 0 - 2 6 0 (9-13, 4-9 GNAC) Pitchers: Saint Martin's Munger,Sam and Schmaeling,Jackie. MT State the game to raise money and awareness for cancer research. All proceeds are to benefit the American Cancer Society. Tomorrow, Montana State University Billings will again host Saint Martin's University in another double-header. Due to weather, the game time has been moved up to a 10 am start. Live scats should be available at MSUBSports.com . MT State Billings... 001 001 0 - 2 9 2 (9-14, 4-10 GNAC) Pitchers: Saint Martin's Munger,Sam and Schmaeling,Jackie. MT State Billings - HR SMU - Wall,Dani (1); Toyama,Riko (1). Saint Martin's 3, MT State Billings 2 (Mar 28, 2014 at Saint Martin's 030 200 5 - Billings, Mont.) (Game 1) 10 11 1 (15-13, 9-4 GNAC) Billings -MacDonald,Jessyka Ca mpbell,Jessica; and Sanders,Brittney. Todd,Amanda(7) and Win - Munge r, S a m(10 -8) Sanders,Brittney. Loss-Mac Dona ld ,J es sy ka (4 -3) T-1:37 A-127 Win-Mu nger,Sam(11-8) Loss- HR SMU - McGladrey,Lacey Campbell,Jessica(0-2) T-1:45 A-76 (1); Munger,Sam (1). Saint Martin's 10, MT State Billings 2 (Mar 28, 2014 at HR MSUB - Rovens,Bella (1). Billings, Mont.) (Game 2)

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