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Can classes yield a billion-dollar bracket?

By: Associated Press
March 17, 2014 Updated: March 17, 2014 at 3:34 pm
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photo - Louisiana Lafayette forward Shawn Long (21) celebrates after defeating Georgia State in an NCAA college basketball game for the Sun Belt Conference tournament championship in New Orleans, Sunday, March 16, 2014. University of Lafayette defeated Georgia State 82-81. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)
Louisiana Lafayette forward Shawn Long (21) celebrates after defeating Georgia State in an NCAA college basketball game for the Sun Belt Conference tournament championship in New Orleans, Sunday, March 16, 2014. University of Lafayette defeated Georgia State 82-81. (AP Photo/Bill Haber) 

So, about that billion dollars.

Warren Buffett looks at the offer of $1 billion to anyone who fills out a perfect NCAA tournament bracket as nothing more than a matter of having the numbers in his favor.

Mathematicians say he's right, though that's not stopping them from building a cottage industry by teaching bracket-fillers how to make the impossible seem possible.

About a half-dozen colleges are offering special seminars and classes to teach people the ins and outs of the numbers that will, inevitably, work against them.

And there's one website — takebuffettsbillion.com — that sends a statistician-crunched bracket to anyone who signs up, with the promise that all those in on the gig will split the money if one of those brackets is the winner.

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