The NCAA tournament is a loser machine

There is a lot of 2018 March Madness content on the internet — there’s the NCAA tournament bracket and March Madness bracket tips and March Madness predictions, etc. This is not that. This is an eight-minute deep dive into the soul of March Madness. We are biased because we made it, but we think it is worth your time. Maybe you’re already watching it and not reading this text.

Anyway, what is this video business all about? Well, the college basketball postseason is based on two lies. The first is that anyone can win a championship. Admittedly, that’s more of a fib — mathematically true, but not the way reality actually shakes out. The second is more surprising: your seed does not determine how easy your road through the tournament will be. I know! It sounds absurd! But Jon Bois explains it and it makes sense! Just trust me for once!