March Madness: Only 23 perfect brackets are left after wild upsets from Furman, Princeton on Thursday
We’re only halfway through the first round, but there are very few perfect NCAA men’s draws left.
Furman and Princeton took care of that.
Only seven games in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and only 0.06% of nets made through Sportzshala Sports were still perfect. By the end of the night, there were only 23 perfect brackets left.
The takeoff was pretty fast too. No. 13 Furman stunned Virginia’s No. 4, 68-67, on Thursday afternoon in the second game of the day after JP Pegues hit a three-pointer from the wing in the closing seconds. This gave the Paladins their second NCAA Tournament victory and their first win since 1974.
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Only 13.5% of Sportzshala players chose Furman to win their first game. Only in 42% of the draws did the Maryland No. 8 beat the West Virginia No. 9 in the first game of the day.
Thus, after the first two games, only 5.4% of nets were perfect.
No. 7 Missouri State’s win over No. 10 Utah State in Game 3 left only 2.88% of the grid perfect. Utah State was one of the most popular picks in the tournament, and Aggie actually preferred to win. However, Missouri led most of the way and then took the lead near the end to take the win by 11 points.
After that game, 20.8% of the draw was 0-3.
Princeton then further reduced the group of perfect brackets. The Tigers shocked Arizona’s No. 2 with a 59–55 win later Thursday afternoon that shattered many nets, including one from President Joe Biden, who had the Wildcats as national champions. Arizona was the sixth most popular pick to win it all and the most popular #2 seed. Only 2.94% of users chose Princeton to beat Arizona.
The rest of the first day was much calmer. With the exception of No. 9 Auburn beating No. 8 Iowa and No. 10 Penn State completely overrunning No. 7 Texas A&M, the taller seeds won the rest of the way.
However, by the end of the day, only 23 grids had correctly selected all 16 games.
In fact, completing a perfect draw is an NCAA Tournament dream, although the chances of doing so are astronomical. It just usually takes more than a few hours to see that many broken brackets.