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March Madness Math!

The 2010 NCAA men's college basketball tournament began on March 18. There are 64 teams in the tournament. In the first round, 32 teams play a game against the other 32 teams. The winning teams move on the second round, and so on, until there is one remaining team: the national champion. How many total games are in the tournament?