by Ken Pomeroy on Monday, December 23, 2013
If you ever want to feel invincible, I recommend checking out the life actuarial tables provided by the Social Security Administration. You can look up your age and figure out how many more years the average person at that age figures to live. According to the tables, at age 40 I can be expected to live 38 more years. That puts me at 78, at which point I would be expected to last nine more years. At 87, I’d have five more years left. You can see where this is going. I can repeat this exercise forever, or at least until the chart ends at age 119. That’s at least 80 more years of complaining about rebound margin and field goal percentage. (No male has been verified to make it past 116, so take the data at 119 with a grain of salt.)
There are nine unbeatens remaining, but the only one with a realistic chance of making it to the end of the regular season without a loss is Wichita State. Even then, the real feat of ending the season perfect would include the conference and NCAA tournament, and in that case the chance of the Shockers running the table is almost zero.