Selection Sunday revealed what lies ahead for college basketball the next few weeks, and Monday CNN revealed a large display of the contenders.
Promptly in the middle of the CNN center, a bracket of the 2013 tournament is displayed. With the Final Four hosted in Atlanta the CNN Center will be a host to basketball fans headed to Phillips Arena.
The bracket stands 40 feet wide by 20 feet tall, and will be displayed for the duration of the tournament. The Atlanta bracket is just one of six large scale brackets across the country. The others include Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Philadelphia and New York City.
Though the large size is impressive, the larger than life brackets are not nearly big enough for the odds. According to a press release from Vegas betting guru RJ Bell of pregame.com, 100 million people around the world are expected to put money on the line starting at game one.
The odds of getting a perfect bracket are set at 9,223,372,036,854,775,808, or to round off, 9.2 quintillion.
To really put the numbers into perspective, "If all the people on Earth filled out one bracket per second, it would take over 43 years to fill out every possible bracket."
The madness of the numbers does not keep Mayor Kasim Reed from waging his picks. Reed has Miami winning it all with Michigan, Duke, and New Mexico rounding out the Final Four.
“I like the number of seasoned players that Miami has...I think that in the heat of the tournament they‘re going to be the ones to pull it out,” Reed explains.
The road to Atlanta starts Tuesday with round one of the tournament.