No matter how much time, research and energy anyone puts into their brackets, the cold hard truth of the matter is that March Madness plays itself out on the court.
But what if there was another way? What if there was some sort of predictive system that allowed some sort of knowledge as to the outcomes of games before they were actually played?
What if the 2013 NCAA Tournament was actually just decided by popularity?
Obviously, it’s not. However, that did not stop the fine folks over at Facebook (say that five times fast) from coming up with a fun way to at least gauge how popular each of the 68 teams in the Tourney field are. The company kept track of the mentions each school received in the two weeks leading up to Selection Sunday.
And the winner of the most mentioned team in the nation?
None other than Duke, the second seed out in the Midwest.
We’re not saying they’re going to win, but you could pick a far worse team to go all the way before you tear up you brackets in a few weeks’ time.
[Forget Facebook, go regal: Check out President Obama's 2013 NCAA Tournament bracket]