With 48 of the 63 NCAA 2019 games in 2019, there is only one perfect bracket for all the major online bracket games: "Center Road" in our Bracket Challenge Game.
Reaching the Sweet 16 with no flaw on Center Road now has the longest string of correct brackpot picks we've ever seen, shattering the record of 39 games that took place in 2017 (we'll explain why so sure of that number).
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This is the fourth year that we've watched tens of millions of brackets of the largest online brawler games across the country, including our Bracket Challenge Game ESPN, CBS , Yahoo, Fox and Sports Illustrated to see when the last perfect mount breaks.
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By comparison, if every game were a coin toss, the odds of predicting 48 in a row are 1 out of 281,474,976,710,656. Well, yes, that's kind of impressive.
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In the next round, "Center Road" becomes completely chalky. Here are the next eight tips:
|Date / Time (ET)||Game||Pick|
|28.3. At 19:09||(1) Gonzaga Vs. (4) Florida State  19659013] Gonzaga|
|28.3. At 19:29||(2) Tennessee Vs. (3) Purdue||Tennessee|
|28.3. At 21:39 pm||(2) Michigan vs (3) Texas Tech||Michigan|
|28.3. At 21:57||(1) Virginia vs. (12) Oregon||Virginia|
|29.03. At 19:09. 19659013] (2) Michigan State vs. (3) LSU||Michigan State|
|29.3. At 19:29||(1) UNC Vs. (5) Auburn||UNC|
|3/29 at 21:39||(1) Duke Vs. (4) Virginia Tech||Duke|
|29.3. At 21:57||(2) Kentucky Vs. (3) Houston  Kentucky|
That would give us four 1 seed and four 2 seed in Elite Eight, which has never happened in the 34-year history of the tournament. On the other hand, no one has ever picked perfect 48 games in a row in the history of the tournament (which we know), so why not?
Read below to see how our game-by-game tracker can be seen in detail as we move from tens of millions of brackets to just one.
The Perfect NCAA Bracket Cracker
SUNDAY, March 24
Review: What a day. We started the day with only two perfect braces. They had exactly the same predictions except one: Texas Tech Vs. Buffalo. "Center Road," the staple in our Bracket Challenge Game, has correctly predicted the Red Raiders, becoming the final perfect brace. Four games later, after Oregon defeated UC Irvine, "Center Road" was still a flawless 48-for-48, a ridiculous performance. The tournament starts again on Thursday with Sweet 16. How long can "Center Road" survive? The unthinkable, a complete 63-for-63, is now only 15 games away. Stay tuned.
- 23:43 PM : UC Irvine took a 14-0 lead over Oregon in the second half, but the Ducks had a tear and ran away. Win number. With this game, "Center Road" became the first staple to feature 48 straight games, and remained perfect until the Sweet 16.
- 11:06 PM: Ohio held it close to Houston in the opening half but the Cougars pulled out the win to advance to the Sweet 16 and advance to "Center Road" for 47 correct picks in a row ,
- 21:57 PM: 1-seed Virginia had it off in the second much easier round, 9-seed Oklahoma. That's what Center Road called it. We are now at 46 correct picks.
- 21:09 PM: 4-seed Virginia Tech stopped the 12-seed Liberty, just as Center Road predicted. The clip is still perfect in 45 games.
- 20:28: And then there was one more. Texas Tech blew out 6-seed buffaloes, which was the only game today that made the two staples different. With this result, Yahoo's "Court Stormers" bows out and makes "Center Road" the last perfect bracket in the world. Four more games before the Sweet 16.
- 19:34: Wow. In perhaps the best game of the tournament, 1-seed Duke barely survived against 9-seed UCF. As a result, both braces are still alive after 43 games.
- 5:05 PM: The UNC blew past Washington 81-59 to reach the Sweet 16, pushing both brackets down 42 correct picks in a row. Next Duke vs. UCF. Both brackets chose the Blue Devils there.
- 14:41 PM: The two remaining braces have had their worst moment for some time when Iowa forced the first overtime of the 2019 tournament after a 25-point deficit. However, Tennessee recovered in extra time to claim the 83-77 win, and both braces survived the first game of the day.
- 13:20: We have added a table with the picks of the individual brackets to the second round top. They look good when Tennessee led Iowa at halftime in the first game of the day. They will have the same picks until the 18:10 game between Buffalo and Texas Tech. All three of her first favorites are the better used team.
SATURDAY, MARCH 23
Summary: Of the tens of millions of brackets entered in online games, two have remained perfect through 40 games. This year we had 39 games in a row. Both perfect brackets have the same three starting points for Sunday: Tennessee, UNC and Duke. The first game they disagree with is the fourth of the day: Buffalo Vs. Texas tech. Will they survive so far? We will follow them closely to see.
- 12:01 AM: Auburn could not afford to miss Kansas, but one of the three remaining brackets missed this selection. And that concludes Day 3 of the tournament. We have two perfect braces left.
- 10:40 PM: Purdue defeated the defending national champions in Villanova, which also struck another block from the group. But the three perfect braces have leveled the record of 39 games in a row. Two of these three have Auburn, one has Kansas. We will see that at least one of these survives the night.
- 10:05 PM: We can say for sure that at least one bracket will hit 40 right picks and stay perfect until tomorrow. Purdue leads Villanova in the second half with 30 points. Three of the last four brackets have the boilermakers. Of these, two chose Auburn in the final game of the day and one chose Kansas.
- 10:02 PM: The 2-State Michigan State had no problems with the 10-seeded Minnesota, with another game all four brackets were in agreement. So we have four perfect brackets left in 38 games. This is one of the longest series we've ever seen.
- 21:26: Gonzaga passed the 9-seed Baylor, a result all called perfect staples. Still in four perfect brackets, now 37 games.
- 20:09 PM: Two brackets had chosen 35 games correctly before they wrongly predicted the 12-seed Murray State to beat the 4-State State of Florida. This gives us a total of four perfect brackets after 36 games. Now set the plate to zero.
- 19:27 PM: All six remaining brackets chose 2-seed Michigan to defeat 10-seed Florida, and all six were right. No change in the total after this.
- 5:08 PM: Fletcher Magee did not make a single 3-pointer when Wofford ran out against Kentucky. Only one of the remaining brackets had the terriers, so now we only have six perfect braces.
- 14:30: The first game of the second round reduced our number of perfect braces again as the 3-seed LSU beat Maryland's 6-seed game with a swoop of 69-67. We only have seven now.
- ESPN: 3
- Yahoo: 2
- BCG: 1
- CBS: 1
FRIDAY, MARCH 22
Review: We started the 2019 tournament with tens of millions of brackets , After the first day, we only had about 60,000 perfect braces. In two days and 32 games, only 15 perfect brackets are left in all major games. On Saturday there are eight more games and for some of these 15 brackets there is the chance to set the record with 40 real picks. We will keep you up to date. The first matchup on Saturday sees the 6-seeded Maryland Vs. 3-seed LSU at noon before, ET. See you then.  12:33 AM: The fourteen-headed Virginia Tech held the thirteen-headed St. Louis by the arm. We've taken out two more of our 17 parentheses so that we have a total of 15 in the second round:
- ESPN: 9
- Yahoo: 3
- BCG: 2
- CBS: 1
- Sports Illustrated: 0
- Fox: 0
- ESPN: 9
- Yahoo: 4
- CBS: 2
- BCG: 2
- Sports Illustrated: 0
- Fox: 0
- ESPN: 48
- Yahoo: 8
- CBS: 6
- BCG: 4
- SI: 0
- Fox: 0
THURSDAY, MARCH 21
Summary: The first game of the NCAA tournament of 2019 – the 10-seed Minnesota victory over the 7-seed Louisville – lowered our total number of perfect braces of 100 Percent to 31 percent. And the number dropped further. The 12-seed Murray State win over 5-seed Marquette conceded the field from 12.8 percent to 4.9 percent. The 7-seed Wofford's victory over the 10-seed Seton Hall fell below 1 percent for the first time. At the end of the tournament's first 16 games, we ended up with only 0.26 percent of our millions of braces that stayed perfect. The main group of Sports Illustrated had only 23 perfect brackets, ESPN was below 2 percent and Yahoo and CBS did not report numbers. We'll get a better idea of the total number if we have a few more games in our pocket on Day 2 today. Stay tuned.
- 12:12 AM: Purdue defeated Old Dominion in the last game of the night, and that makes us 0.26 percent.
- 12:01 AM: Michigan ran through Montana, and Baylor crashed Syracuse, leaving our number of perfect braces at just 0.27 percent.
- 11:53 PM: Wofford saw that Fletcher Magee first became in Division I of the 3-Point series when they set Seton Hall down, and we saw for the first time this year that the Total number of perfect brackets dropped below 1 percent. Only 0.77 percent of our brackets are still perfect in 13 games.
- 21:42 PM: Villanova survived a fear of St. Mary, but that was not too surprising for our perfect Bracket Corps at 2.35 percent.
- 9:38 PM: ESPN reports that they have left up to 2.3% perfect braces that will persist in 10 games. The result of Gonzaga-Fairleigh Dickinson is not one of them, but we can assume that the needle has not moved much.
- 9:30 PM: Gonzaga blew past 16-seed Fairleigh Dickinson and our braces barely noticed it. We sit in 11 games at 2.85 percent.
- 21:14 PM: Kentucky beat down Abilene Christian while Florida prevented a late run in Nevada. While the BCG users in Kentucky were fairly confident, the game between Florida and Nevada was fairly evenly divided. As a result, we have lagged behind only 2.86 percent of our braces, which are still perfect.
- 20:44 PM: ESPN's first report is available and they have just 5% [19459033
- 18:56: Yes, Morant and Murray State brought the annual 12-5 Defeat, and the perfect bracket pool shrunk to just 4.9 percent in eight games.
- 19659042] 18:24: Kansas had no problem with Northeastern, but the result had a slight effect. After seven games, only 12.8 percent of the braces are still perfect.
- 17:48: Belmont was selected in 28 percent of all brackets to win – more than all eleven seeds except Ohio State. The Bruins even had the ball with a chance of winning at the end of the game, but were missed out. Thus, our perfect number of brackets dropped to 13.5 percent.
- 17:23: Michigan State experienced lightning from 2016 – when the Spartans lost two seeds to 15-seventh Middle Tennessee – and pulled out against Bradley with 15 seeds. That barely moved the scale at our number of perfect braces, which now stands at 18.6 percent.
- 16:25 PM : The state of Florida has torn down Vermont and reduced our total share of perfect braces to 18.9 percent in the first four games.
- 15:55: Auburn Hardly survived a surprise by the 12-state state of New Mexico, but 5 percent of our brackets still lost their perfect status. That leaves us with 20.7 percent of all BCG braces that stayed perfect.
- 14:50: It took only the first two games of the tournament, in which the ten-headed Minnesota and the three-headed LSU had won Eliminate nearly three-quarters of our perfect braces. Only 25.6 percent of the brackets are perfect in our Bracket Challenge Game. We will not be able to follow other big games closely until we have reached a smaller number, but we will constantly review and update this post throughout the tournament.
Before 2017, the longest perfect series We had tracked 36, according to Yahoo! Sports. In 2014, Brad Binder started with 36 to 36 to start the tournament.
In 2016, the longest participant was 25 games to start the tournament. This is far below the reported (and confirmed) best tournaments of 2015, when a person in ESPN's online bracket game picked the first 34 games correctly, according to senior ESPN writer Darren Rovell. ESPN said in 2016 that the 2015 round was the best start to a tournament that has been set to record for 18 years this year. Yahoo! Sports reported last year that Binder had been the only round in which the perfect round was picked up for the second round of the 18-year-old game. In 2017, Yahoo! reported 37 perfect braces in the first round.
39 is the record we had before this year. Online and paper clips have been reviewed for more than three decades – the current format has existed since 1985 – and with an estimated 60 to 100 million brackets filled out each year, the likelihood of someone developing better somewhere is more likely. The finding of an official record is made even more difficult by the fact that online games have only recently begun with extensive records.
We could not find any verified brackets that were perfect in the Sweet 16 (through 48 games) at all. There was a well-known example of a bracket that was perfect in two rounds in 2010, but there was no way to check the authenticity of the bracket. It had been included in an online game in which the choice between rounds could be changed according to a Deadspin report of that time.
2018: Last season, no bracket held the first round, as a 16-seed UMBC history The surprise of top seed Virginia defeated every group that made it in the tournament's first 28 games to stay perfect. Before this game, there were 25 braces that were still perfect, but all chose Virginia to defeat UMBC.
2017: The 2017 tournament saw the longest perfect brace we've ever seen and lasted 39 games before making a wrong selection. This bracket was the only one of the tens of millions of brackets we played through to survive 37 games unscathed, but when the 5-seed Iowa State lost in the 40th game of the tournament against the 4-seeded Purdue 80-76, his was perfect Run over.
2016: Three years ago it was the shortest run we've seen since the beginning of the tracking, when the last perfect brace lasted only 25 right picks before the 7-seed Wisconsin hit the 10-seed Pittsburgh in the first run demolished round.
HOW REALLY IT?
So, what are the chances of a perfect bracket? Well, the most popular answer is 1 to 9.2 quintillion, a number that is so inscrutably large that it is virtually impossible to fully grasp. However, it is assumed that you have a 50-50 odds to get each game right, which is obviously not the case.
Over the last eight years, we've actually seen that Bracket Challenge Game users get about two thirds of all choices right. With this percentage, we calculated the probability that an average user would achieve a perfect bracket at 1 to 120.2 billion. Not as ridiculous as 1 in 9.2 quintillion, but still quite low odds. If you would have filled in a unique parenthesis every single day, it would take you 3,813 years to fill 120.2 billion parentheses.
However, this year has as good a chance as the first perfect bracket. Stay tuned to see if it happens.
* Dan Jepperson and Mike Szahaj of NCAA Digital have contributed to the coverage of this article.