This year, tens of tens of millions of brackets were entered into predominant online NCAA tournament bracket video games. Midway through Sunday’s 2nd-round movement, all but considered one of them had gotten at least one game wrong.
The exception: “middle road,” a bracket entered into our Capital One NCAA March Madness Bracket Challenge sport that has long past an amazing 48-for-forty eight thus far, successfully predicting every single recreation via two rounds of the 2019 NCAA tournament. That’s really worth repeating: the middle road bracket has no longer missed an unmarried recreation but.
We’ve been monitoring brackets for years and, before this tournament, the longest streak we might ever see became 39 video games in a row. That became an tremendous feat. This shattered it.
Monday, we tracked down the proprietor of the document-breaking “center street” bracket. His call is Gregg Nigl, and he’s a forty-yr-vintage neuropsychologist who lives in Columbus, Ohio.
When we known as Nigl, he had no idea that his bracket changed into best, let alone that it turned into the nice verifiable bracket stuffed out within the history of March Madness.
For more element on how we came, head over to our Perfect Bracket Tracker, wherein we display in actual time how we were given from tens of tens of millions of brackets to 1. We’ll be tracking “middle road” the rest of the event there as well.
Here is an abridged version of the verbal exchange with Nigl:
Gregg Nigl: This appears form of unreal. How do I understand that that is, you understand, actual?
NCAA.Com: Are you close to a laptop now?
(The lead story on NCAA.Com whilst we referred to as changed into about Nigl’s bracket)
NCAA: If you go to NCAA.Com, you’ll see-
GN: I notion I remembered a news story approximately a child…
NCAA: Yes, there has been an information story from 2010 about a kid who picked a great Sweet 16, but that turned into on CBS’s bracket sport, which allowed you to adjust your choices after the tournament started out, so there’s no way to affirm that it turned into actually ideal.
GN: Okay. (Nigl has the decision on speakerphone, and you may hear his spouse in the historical past: “Is that your bracket?”) Yeah, that’s my bracket. Okay, I’m on… yeah, I see it. (His wife is giggling in historical past.)
NCAA: Yeah, congratulations!
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GN: Yeah, that is my pal’s bracket [group] that he invited me to, and I nearly didn’t fill it out because we have been simply doing it for fun and I’m in a couple of different ones at work and stuff. Almost didn’t even fill it out.
NCAA: That’s the first rate. Have you been filling out brackets for some time?
GN: Oh yeah, yeah. I do it each year. I’d probably say 10 to fifteen years now.