AUSTIN (KXAN) – If you made a draw in this year’s NCAA Men’s Tournament, you’re not alone!
More than 20 million brackets were made on ESPN, but within hours of the tournament, the vast majority had already been eliminated.
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And with No. 1 Purdue’s loss to No. 16 Fairleigh Dickinson, all parentheses are officially out.
The first match of the tournament was brutal for groups nationwide, with more than half eliminated. About 51% of the brackets incorrectly predicted a Maryland victory over West Virginia.
Furman’s upset victory over Virginia then reduced the number of perfect brackets to less than 10%. More than 8 million brackets were dropped in that game alone.
The number of perfect brackets then fell by half thanks to Missouri’s win over Utah State. At that point nearly 840,000 remained, or about 4.2% of all age groups.
Another 250,000 brackets were knocked out when Charleston lost to San Diego State, then Arizona’s loss to Princeton killed another 430,000 brackets. At that point, only 34,922 perfect brackets, 0.2%, remained.
Only 22 brackets remained before Purdue’s defeat.
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According to the NCAA, an Ohio man correctly predicted the results of the first 49 games of the 2019 tournament, the current record. Gregg Nigl, of Columbus, picked the correct winner for every game up until the Sweet Sixteen.
Last year, the perfect brackets only remained until the 28th game. This time, it only took 25 games for all the groups to fail.