Want to know who wins the Final Four? Solve this riddle
Mentalist Oz Pearlman says he figured out on March 21 which team will win the championship and left this puzzle as a clue.
We all started the month with hope and optimism that our March Madness brackets would correctly predict the college basketball tournament winner. While most of us have fallen by the wayside in our office pools, those following the advice of mentalist Oz Pearlman are still hanging around.
The Israeli-born 34-year-old, a finalist on "America's Got Talent" and a frequent guest on talk shows, visited the "Today" show last week to talk sports. After performing a few tricks, he made a prediction about who would win the NCAA basketball championship. You can watch it in the video below:
For those eagle-eyed readers who didn't catch the riddle at the end, here it is:
"Wisconsin, Florida, Baylor, South Carolina, Gonzaga, West Virginia, Xavier & Arizona will battle East and West, who looks exceptional to you?
Kansas, Purdue, Oregon, Michigan, UNC, Butler, UCLA & Kentucky. South by and large likelier than midwest, past scores often predict the future, so go back and look at the finals of 1975, 1980, 1984, 1985, 2003, & 2007 and also the teams that won in 1958, 1967, 1987, 2004, & 2005.
Focus on finding out the patterns!"
Pearlman made this prediction on March 21, when there were still 16 teams in the tournament. There are now only four left – Gonzaga, North Carolina, Oregon and South Carolina. The Final Four tournament takes place this weekend in Phoenix. The semifinals are Saturday and the championship game is Monday night.
Ever since he made the prediction, amateur sleuths have been gathering online to try and make some sense of the riddle. Some have been looking through the scores of previous final games to ferret out a pattern, as Pearlman suggested in the riddle. Others think he's purposely being vague to allow for multiple outcomes to predict the winner. "My theory would be that he'll be able to say after the fact that there was a pattern pointing to one team when actually he has included enough numbers that you could come up with a plausible pattern for several team," wrote one fan on a forum for the Kentucky Wildcats.
But those who doubt Pearlman's psychic abilities should know something: this isn't the first time Pearlman has entered into the sports arena recently. Earlier this year, he correctly predicted that the New England Patriots would defeat the Atlanta Falcons at the Super Bowl.
We reached out to Pearlman to see if he's nervous about his prediction for the Final Four. "I just landed in Israel," he told us when we got a hold of him. "I'll be back on the 'Today' show on April 7 to reveal the answer to the riddle and see how I did. Both my teams are still in play, so chances are looking good!"
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