It's effectively impossible to predict every single outcome of every single game during March Madness correctly. It's never been done, and it'll likely stay that way. But there's still one perfect bracket known to exist as we approach the Sweet 16.
This bracket, in the NCAA’s own contest, is an Oregon win from going 48 for 48 games, the most successful bracket prediction in history. pic.twitter.com/twV612HlaS— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) March 25, 2019
Someone who entered the NCAA's official online pick 'em contest -- a user who goes by the handle "Center Road" -- has correctly predicted the first 48 games of this year's tournament. The NCAA says that that's the longest streak of correct picks ever, and the most since someone picked 39 straight games correctly back in 2017.
Most brackets are sullied well before the field is even whittled down to 32, so even lasting this long is impressive. (I personally don't even make a bracket because I know just how unlikely is is that I predict even a few games correctly.)
To put it into perspective just how unlikely it is to have a perfect bracket, here a few things that are more likely to happen to you:
- Getting struck by lightening *twice*
- Winning the lottery jackpot
- Flipping a coin and having it land on heads 63 straight times.
It’s game time, but the odds of creating a perfect bracket are one in nine quintillion . We’re here to help you #HackTheBracket to increase your chances of picking the national champion this year : https://t.co/QQhgCNTcxg pic.twitter.com/RmQ1hbSqF4— Adobe (@Adobe) March 18, 2019
I think it's safe to say that "Center Roads" probably won't have a perfect bracket for much longer. But it's been a truly incredible ride so far.