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And then there was one…

In a conversation with Andy Katz, Gregg Nigl discussed how he made his picks leading up to the Sweet 16.

Every March, myself and millions of others attempt to do the nearly impossible: fill out a perfect March Madness bracket. At 1 in 9.2 quintillion odds, it is safe to say many of us will never see a perfect bracket in our lifetime. Heck, I can never get past the second or third game without mine busting. However, this season, one man is defying the odds and still has a bracket without even the slightest blemish. That’s right, he is 48-for-48 on his selections in a bracket he almost forgot to fill out for his friend’s group.

According to ncaa.com, Gregg Nigl, a neuropsychologist from Columbus, Ohio, has set the record for the longest perfect bracket streak to start an NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. The previous high had been 39 games back in 2017.

With a bracket like that, it would seem obvious to brag to your friends and ride the high while you can, right? If it were me, absolutely. Instead, Nigl was so occupied with his other three brackets that he never really checked this one. Granted, two of those three brackets are also in first place in their respective groups but this one is making history.

After an estimated 25 million brackets were submitted at six major online games, only Nigl’s remains perfect. (photo courtesy: ncaa.com)

Now, some people I have talked to about Nigl’s bracket have downplayed the significance of it. Why though? Yes, it has been a relatively predictable tournament with many of the top seeds advancing but that should not be a knock on what he has been able to accomplish. After all, who are we to say it has been an easy tournament to complete a bracket for? Many of ours were busted on the first day, some even in the first game! Enough about the millions of busted brackets. With the Sweet 16 taking place both tomorrow and Friday, will Nigl’s bracket remain perfect?

Sticking with the common theme of this year’s tournament, Nigl has nothing but chalk advancing to the Elite Eight. Although he is not confident in his bracket staying perfect, anything can happen. Could I be wrong that we will never see a perfect bracket in our lifetime? If we were going to ever see one, this tournament may represent one of the best chances of it happening.

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