Come the middle of March, a remotely curious college-hoops observer, innocently typing “March Madness” into Google, encounters a swarm of numbers related to the N.C.A.A.’s annual basketball tournament.
and others have offered their own exhaustive numerical guides to the tournament, full of statistical runes for susceptible bracket-fillers.
“2008,” CBS explains, was “the last time a Pac-12 team made the final four.” Do with that knowledge what you will.
Ono has playfully decided that, this year, “the most interesting number in the entire field is seventy-nine.”
“It is the seventy-ninth edition of the madness,” Ono explained recently.
(—the Golden State Warriors’ record-breaking number of regular season wins in the N.B.A.