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How many perfect brackets left leading into March Madness?

Andrew Buller-Russ

Each year as college basketball brackets get busted across the nation, there is always one question fans are dying to know. How many perfect brackets left?

As you’re likely familiar with, there are millions of NCAA brackets filled out for March Madness every year, but only a few will remain alive after Round 1 of the basketball tournament.

Anyone who has ever filled out a tournament bracket is aware of just how crazy things can get with the passing of each game. If you’re curious, according to the NCAA, people stand about a 1 in 120.2 billion chance to fill out a perfect bracket for March Madness. So don’t feel bad when your bracket busts on the first day, it’s much more common than you think.

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How many perfect brackets left?

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Was there a perfect bracket in 2022? No. March Madness 2022 was no different, and it wasn’t even close.

Out of the 17,357,589 brackets filled out via the ESPN Tournament Challenge, not a single one survived past the second round.

Once (5) Iowa lost to (12) Richmond in the first round, there were already a lot of busted brackets. Through ESPN’s Tournament Challenge alone, 10.3% of those who filled out a bracket had Iowa in their Final Four.

Then after (15) Saint Peter’s knocked off (2) Kentucky in OT, all hell broke loose, leaving a lot of competitors with broken brackets. Of those 17 million brackets filled out on ESPN, only 3.04% of users had a crystal ball, or at least used it to pick Saint Peter’s. We’ll report back with more numbers once they’re available or if any more Biff Tannen’s show up from the future with funny lookin’ clothing.

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How many broken brackets in 2019?

Just how often are brackets busted this early? For that, we look back on previous seasons to get an idea of just how rare it is to have a perfect bracket even through just the first round.

In 2019 for example, there were just 10 perfect brackets remaining before the second round of the NCAA basketball tournament even began. In the 2019 ESPN Tournament Challenge, there were even fewer, with only nine flawless basketball tournament brackets after the initial round of March Madness in 2019.

How many perfect brackets have there been in NCAA history? Zero. Out of the billions of brackets filled out in the entirety of bracketology, not a single one has been filled out correctly.

We’ll have to wait and find out how many perfect brackets are left after the first round next season.

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