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Old 03-25-2019, 07:05 AM
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1 Perfect Bracket left

1 NCAA tournament bracket stays perfect into Sweet 16 for first time ever. Here’s how it happened

Through 48 of the 63 games of the 2019 NCAA tournament, there is just one perfect bracket left across all major online bracket games: “Center Road” on our Bracket Challenge Game.

By reaching the Sweet 16 unblemished, "Center Road" now owns the longest streak of correct bracket picks we have ever seen, shattering our reported record of 39 games, which happened in 2017

This is the fourth year that we tracked tens of millions of brackets from the largest online bracket games across the country, including our Bracket Challenge Game, ESPN, CBS, Yahoo, Fox, and Sports Illustrated to see when the last perfect bracket busts.

Usually, that tracking ends on Friday, or sometimes — if we're lucky — Saturday. This year, it will last until at least the second Thursday of the tournament, when the games pick back up with the Sweet 16 and game No. 49.

For reference, if every game were a coin toss, the odds of predicting 48 in a row are 1 in 281,474,976,710,656. So, yeah, this is kinda impressive.

In the next round, "Center Road" is going completely chalk. Here are its next eight picks:

3/28 at 7:09 PM (1) Gonzaga vs. (4) Florida State Gonzaga
3/28 at 7:29 PM (2) Tennessee vs. (3) Purdue Tennessee
3/28 at 9:39 PM (2) Michigan vs. (3) Texas Tech Michigan
3/28 at 9:57 PM (1) Virginia vs. (12) Oregon Virginia
3/29 at 7:09 PM (2) Michigan State vs. (3) LSU Michigan State
3/29 at 7:29 PM (1) UNC vs. (5) Auburn UNC
3/29 at 9:39 PM (1) Duke vs. (4) Virginia Tech Duke
3/29 at 9:57 PM (2) Kentucky vs. (3) Houston Kentucky

That would give us four 1 seeds and four 2 seeds in the Elite Eight, which has never happened in the 34-year history of the tournament. But then again, no one has ever picked 48 games in a row perfectly in the history of the tournament (that we know of), so why not?

Read on below to see our game-by-game tracker to see exactly how we got from tens of millions of brackets to just one.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 24
Recap: What a day. We started the day with just two perfect brackets left. They had the exact same predictions aside from one: Texas Tech vs. Buffalo. "Center Road", the bracket in our Bracket Challenge Game, correctly predicted the Red Raiders, and thus became the last perfect bracket left. Four games later, after Oregon beat UC Irvine, "Center Road" was still a flawless 48-for-48, a ridiculous feat. The tournament starts again Thursday with the Sweet 16. How long can "Center Road" survive? The unthinkable, a complete 63-for-63, is just 15 games away now. Stay tuned.

11:43 PM: UC Irvine went on a 14-0 run to take the lead against Oregon in the second half, but the Ducks went on a tear late, and ran away for a double-digit win. With that game, "Center Road" became the first bracket ever to pick 48 straight games, staying perfect through to the Sweet 16.
11:06 PM: Ohio State kept it close against Houston for the first half, but the Cougars pulled out the win to advance to the Sweet 16 and advance "Center Road" to 47 correct picks in a row.
9:57 PM: 1-seed Virginia had a much easier time in the second round, knocking off 9-seed Oklahoma. "Center Road" called that one too. We're at 46 correct picks now.
9:09 PM: 4-seed Virginia Tech held off 12-seed Liberty, just as "Center Road" predicted. The bracket is still perfect through 45 games.
8:28 PM: And then there was one. Texas Tech blew out 6-seed Buffalo, which was the only game today that the two brackets differed on. With that result, Yahoo's "Court Stormers" bows out of the race, leaving "Center Road" as the last perfect bracket in the world. Four more games to go before the Sweet 16.
7:34 PM: Wow. In perhaps the best game of the tournament, 1-seed Duke barely survived against 9-seed UCF. As a result, both brackets are still alive through 43 games.
5:05 PM: UNC blew past Washington 81-59 to reach the Sweet 16 and push both brackets to 42 correct picks in a row. Next up, Duke vs. UCF. Both brackets picked the Blue Devils there.
2:41 PM: The two remaining brackets had their scariest moment in a while, as Iowa rallied from a 25-point deficit to force the first overtime of the 2019 tournament. But Tennessee recovered in extra time to take the 83-77 win, and both brackets survived through the first game of the day.
1:20 PM: We added a chart above with each bracket's picks for the rest of the second round. They're looking good to start off, as Tennessee led Iowa by 21 at the half in the first game of the day. They've got the same picks all the way until the 6:10 PM game between Buffalo and Texas Tech. All three of their first picks are the better-seeded team.

1 NCAA tournament bracket stays perfect into Sweet 16 for first time ever. Here’s how it happened | NCAA.com
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Old 03-25-2019, 08:25 AM
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i was NOT PERFECT after game 1- so theres that
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amazing. I was wtchng espn after the sweet16 was set n their bottom ticker posted
that there are no perfect brackets out of 17.2 Million they received thru their
tournament challenge.

and this one you found is amazing, way cool

we do have a first. first time all top3 seeds in each Regional made it to the SWT16
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amazing. I was wtchng espn after the sweet16 was set n their bottom ticker posted
that there are no perfect brackets out of 17.2 Million they received thru their
tournament challenge.

and this one you found is amazing, way cool

we do have a first. first time all top3 seeds in each Regional made it to the SWT16
Top 3 seeds went (24-0)
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the 2 vs 3 games are going to be lit
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