One of ESPN’s 11.57 Million NCAA Brackets Remains a Perfect 32-0Erik Matuszewski
After one full round at the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, only one of the 11.57 million brackets filled out for ESPN.com’s contest remains perfect.
After Thursday’s opening games, which featured upset wins by 14th seeds Georgia State and Alabama-Birmingham, just 273 entries went 16-0. Although 15 of Friday’s 16 games were won by the team with the better seed, only one entrant on ESPN correctly predicted all 32 winners from the round of 64 at the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament.
Of the entries in ESPN’s Tournament Challenge, 61.7 percent had picked at least one No. 12 seed to upset a fifth seed in the round of 64. When West Virginia and Northern Iowa won on Friday, it marked just the first time since 2007 that all four fifth seeds won their opening games. It also further reduced the number of perfect ESPN entries.
In the three previous tournaments, No. 5 seeds had gone 4-8 against 12th seeds.
The only remaining perfect bracket has Duke winning the national title and beating Kansas in the championship game.