Tips For Winning Time Machine 4/5/14

Time Machine’s inaugural contest features the following question:

How many total points will be scored in the national semifinals (two games) of the Mens NCAA Basketball tournament on April 5th, 2014?

If you have access to an actual time machine, you can of course simply travel to April 5th and retrieve the answer.  If you don’t have access to a time machine, it will be helpful to familiarize yourself with United States NCAA basketball and the massively-popular, end-of-season national championship tournament known as “March Madness.” Fun Fact: It’s estimated that more than 50 million people will fill out a tournament bracket to predict the winner this year!

Start by reviewing this Wikipedia article.

Of course, to win the inaugural Time Machine, you’ll need to predict the point total of the two semifinal games played by the “Final Four.”

As this webpage shows, In 2013, the answer was 257.

Of course, every year is different—different teams, different styles of offense, different coaches.  You may be able to improve your odds of predicting the right answer by consulting this CBS “bracketology” article or this ESPN article.

Good luck!


1. People like to guess round numbers, so stay out of the pack by predicting a NOT-round number.


Q: Do I have to hit the number exactly or can I win by just being close?
A: This isn’t the game Horse Shoes.  To win Time Machine, you must provide the exact, right answer.

Q: My time machine is in the shop (Flux Capacitor leak).  Can I borrow a friend’s?
A: Yes, you may use another person’s time machine.  However, you must travel to the future yourself.  You cannot send someone else to the future to get the answer for you.

Q: What is the exact deadline for entering?
A: All entries must be in by the tip-off of the first game on April 5th, 2014.

Q: Where can I enter?
A: You can learn more about Time Machine and enter HERE.