A Bend ended up eating crow — er, pie — after losing out on a March Madness bet with his students. And it’s a lesson in “never say never.”
Brandon Thompson teaches AP statistics at Summit High School. Ahead of last week’s opening round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament, Thompson said he told his students that a 16-seed wouldn’t beat a No. 1 seed.
It happened only once in the past — in 2018 when UMBC defeated Virginia by 20 points.
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Thompson believed the odds were in his favor that it wouldn’t happen again.
“My mouth was running a little bit and I told them that if the No. 1 seed did lose to the 16 seed, that they could throw a pie in my face,” Thompson told Central Oregon Daily News Wednesday.
Then, last Friday happened. The 16th-seeded Fairleigh Dickinson University Knights happened. The 63-58 upset of No. 1 seeded Purdue happened.
On Wednesday, Thompson paid up. Video evidence shows the students walking up to a seated Thompson and hitting him with pie after pie. Some were pretty enthusiastic about it.
“That was pretty aggressive,” Thompson said after being hit with the first one.