If you’re March Madness bracket is already busted, you aren’t alone. With Princeton upsetting Arizona, here’s how many perfect brackets are left.
Literally at the halfway point of the first day in the First Round of March Madness and you’re already seeing boatloads of college basketball fans — or bracket fans — saying that their bracket has been busted.
Later in the afternoon, the Arizona Wildcats had a firm grasp on their game against 15-seeded Princeton. Even with the Tigers hanging around relatively close, it still seemed like the No. 2 seed had the game in hand on the whole. Then came the final minutes. Princeton caught fire while Arizona lost itself.
There wasn’t a thrilling ending other than the result itself, but the Tigers pulled off the 15-over-2 upset in shocking fashion. So that begs the question, how many perfect brackets are left after such a wild start to the NCAA Tournament?
How many perfect brackets left after Princeton upsetting Arizona in March Madness?
Obviously there are different services that have bracket challenges and measure the success of fans. But none of them are in good shape. The official NCAA March Madness account says that only 0.12% of the submissions are perfect brackets after the Arizona loss. And with Arkansas beating Illinois, that percentage dropped to 0.065%.
Meanwhile, for the ESPN bracket challenge, of the more than 20 million submissions, only 35,000 are perfect brackets following Princeton’s upset. There are more than that number, if it was just 20 million, that means only 0.00175 of the brackets were perfect at that point.
Suffice it to say, the likelihood of us getting the first-ever verified perfect bracket is on its last legs already. Welcome to March!