Are There Any Perfect March Madness Brackets Left?

Written By Nicole Russo on March 27, 2022
March Madness Brackets

This year’s March Madness has been filled with a lot of surprising upsets, which begs the question, are there any perfect brackets left?

According to the NCAA, which is tracking all of the brackets, the dream of a perfect one this year is gone. Here’s how the final brackets busted.

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Iowa State’s Upset Win Busts Final Perfect Men’s March Madness Bracket

There was one remaining perfect bracket heading into the Iowa State vs. LSU game on Friday, March 18. ESPN user “Bekins24” had it all riding on LSU.

No. 11 Iowa State defeated No. 6 LSU, 59-54, and with that upset ended the dream of a perfect March Madness bracket in 2022.

Heading into the Friday slate of games, there were still 192 perfect brackets remaining, but those didn’t last very long.

The NCAA reported that for the second-consecutive year, the second day of the first round of the tournament ended the quest for a perfect bracket.

At the beginning of the tournament, there were more than 20 million brackets filled out and submitted online. The biggest bracket busters this year on the men’s side were:

  • No 15. Saint Peters (85) vs. No. 2 Kentucky (79)
  • No. 7 Ohio State (54) vs. No. 10 Loyola (41)
  • No. 11 Notre Dame (78) vs. No. 6 Alabama (64)
  • No. 4 Illinois (54) vs. No. 13 Chattanooga (53)

The Illinois game knocked out the second to last perfect bracket that remained.

Texas Beats Utah And Ends Final Women’s Perfect Bracket

The quest for a perfect bracket lasted longer in the women’s tournament than in the men’s. But unfortunately, that quest is now over as well.

The last-user standing also came from the ESPN contest. “NathanB!!!” had 35 correct picks until No. 2 Texas ousted No. 7 Utah.

After the first round, there were only three perfect brackets remaining. The other two brackets were busted when No. 10 Creighton upset No. 2 Iowa.

The following double-digit seeds pulled off tournament upsets and busted almost everyone else’s brackets:

  • No. 11 Princeton
  • No. 11 Villanova
  • No. 12 Belmont
  • No. 12 Florida Gulf Coast

Chances Of Getting A Perfect Bracket

It’s not shocking that the quest for the perfect bracket is already over this year. After all, the chances of a perfect bracket are somewhere between 1 in 120.2 billion and 1 in 9.2 quintillion.

The longest streak that has been verified came in 2019.

A man from Ohio had a perfect bracket all the way to the Sweet 16. His streak was 49 games, beating the previous streak of 39 games – which came in 2017. Gregg Nigl saw his bracket busted in overtime when No.3 Purdue beat No.2 Tennessee, 99-94.

Better luck to all of us next year.

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Nicole Russo is the Brand Content Strategist for TheLines.com. Previously, she covered the gambling industries in Tennessee and Indiana as a content editor for PlayTenn.com and PlayIndiana.com. She comes from the world of poker, leading the marketing efforts for online poker in Nevada and New Jersey with the WSOP. Russo also assisted with the marketing efforts for the Caesars Sportsbook launch in 2019.

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