The Buffalo Bulls and Loyola-Chicago Ramblers were the noted bracket-busters after 16 games. So how many March Madness brackets are still perfect?
According to ESPN PR on Twitter, 6,306 of the 17.3 million brackets in the ESPN Tournament Challenge remain perfect after the first 16 games. The first round isn’t even over! There are 16 more to go! That’s a chill 0.04 percent of all brackets are still perfect. Not a great percentage, America. We could do better.
In our — the bracket-broken people’s — defense, the first day of March Madness is notorious for at least one game that wipes out huge swathes of the bracket-making public’s chances at winning whatever pool they’re playing in. It’s called March Madness, after all. This year, that was the Buffalo Bulls absolutely dominating legitimate championship contender Arizona. Again, per ESPN PR, 5 percent of participants picked Arizona to win it all and an astounding 90.2 percent picked Arizona to advance.
But the Wildcats weren’t the only ones disappointing fans with dreams of perfect brackets. Oklahoma, a team many suspected received its No. 10 partially because the NCAA wanted star Trae Young in the tournament, was bounced from the First Round by Rhode Island. While Loyola-Chicago was a buzz-worthy Cinderella favorite, their buzz-beater victory over Miami marked the first official upset of the games and wrecked brackets of conservative chalk-favoring pickers. Additionally, a number of close pick-em games that could have gone either way and came down to the final minutes ensure nearly no one was picking perfectly.
March Madness continues Friday, March 16 at 12:15 p.m. ET with Providence vs. Texas A&M and proceeds to go a-bracket-bustin’ all day long.