Last perfect bracket busts after UMBC pulls off biggest upset in NCAA tournament history
UMBC (The University of Maryland Baltimore County) scored the biggest upset in the history of the NCAA tournament, beating top overall seed Virginia 74-54 Friday night, and becoming the first 16 seed to win a game in 136 tries.
So, yeah… there are no more perfect brackets.
Before the Retrievers’ win — through 28 games of the 2018 NCAA tournament — there were 25 perfect brackets left across all major bracket games. All had the Cavaliers winning.
We were tracking tens of millions of brackets at five major bracket games, including the Capital One March Madness Bracket Challenge Game, ESPN, Bleacher Report, Yahoo, and CBS.
Only 2.18 percent of all BCG brackets picked the Retrievers to pull off the upset. For reference, 13.73 percent of brackets picked Virginia to win the championship.
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Later, No. 14 seed Buffalo downed No. 3 Arizona — a team picked to win the championship by 4.1 percent of all Bracket Challenge Game brackets — by 21 points.
When 13-seed Marshall beat 4-seed Wichita State, the total number of perfect brackets dropped from a few thousand to a couple hundred.
Last year, one bracket stayed perfect for a record 39 games before busting in the final matchup on the first Saturday night.
This year — the final 25 brackets all bowed out at just 28 games (a 16-v-1 upset will do that to you).
Here's what the progression from millions of perfect brackets to zero looked like in the Bracket Challenge Game:
And here's a closer look at the dropoff once we got under 100 perfect brackets:
NCAA Digital's Dan Jepperson and Mike Szahaj contributed to the reporting of this article.