# What was the most perfect bracket?

The most perfect bracket refers to the NCAA Basketball tournament bracket that was submitted by Gregg Nigl in the ESPN’s Tournament Challenge game during the 2020 tournament. His Final Four picks (Florida State, Villanova, Ohio State, and Kansas) were a perfect reflection of the actual Final Four, making him the first-ever perfect entrant in the Tournament Challenge.

Nigl became eligible for a prize of a billion dollars for having the perfect bracket, though the prize was itself a publicity stunt due to the mathematical impossibility of completing a perfect bracket.

He eventually received a \$20,000 scholarship donation in his name to a charity that focuses on Alzheimer’s research and care as a way to recognize his extremely impressive bracket accomplishment.

Nigl’s bracket is the example of the perfect one and of course, much more will have to be expected from the contenders of the ESPN Tournament Challenge.

## Has anyone had a perfect bracket?

No, no one has ever had a perfect bracket. A perfect bracket consists of predicting the outcomes of the 67 games of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, which requires predicting the winner of the First Four games, 64 Round of 64 matchup and the 4 eventual Regional Finals matchups.

This feat is so difficult that it has never been achieved and most likely will never be achieved, especially because there are 10^9 combinations of possibilities, and since the tournament’s inception in 1939, there have only been 8 Perfect Games (when one team scores all of the points in the game without the opposing team scoring any).

Therefore, it is nearly impossible and highly unlikely that anyone will ever achieve a perfect bracket.

## What is the longest a bracket has remained perfect?

The longest a bracket has remained perfect is the 2017 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament, in which Senior Sports Analyst Warren Nolan and the NCAA kept track of all 64 teams until the Final Four. It is reported that up until the second round, up to 55,000 people had a perfect bracket, with the majority of those being alumna of the universities.

By the end of the second round, only 54 remained with a perfect bracket and only 30 by the Sweet Sixteen. By the Elite Eight, there was only one person left with a perfect bracket, but it was not ultimately successful as Oregon defeated UCLA in the Final Four to end the perfect streak.

## Has there ever been all wrong bracket?

Yes, there has been an all wrong bracket in the past. In 2018, the Quicken Loans Billion Dollar Bracket Challenge was a \$1-billion prize offered by Quicken Loans and the website Yahoo! Sports for correctly predicting the results of the entire 63-game NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament.

It was soon discovered that no one had a completely correct bracket and no one won the tournament. According to ESPN, the closest anyone got was 41 of 63 picks; the average score was around 22 games correctly predicted.

They also reported that out of 18. 45 million brackets that were submitted only 27 of them even had 30 games picked correctly. This was one of the largest bracket contests ever created, and the first one with a total of \$1 billion available for the grand prize.

## Is a perfect bracket impossible?

No, a perfect bracket is not impossible. It is actually possible to complete a perfect bracket, though it is incredibly rare. The odds of someone completing a perfect bracket is an estimated 1 in 9. 2 quintillion (9,223,372,036,854,775,808) due to the sheer number of combinations of matchups and outcomes.

To put those odds into perspective, you are more likely to win the lottery, twice. However, there have been a few people in recent years who have been able to correctly predict every outcome in the tournament, coming close to a perfect bracket.

## Who is the lowest seed to win March Madness?

The lowest seed to win March Madness was the University of Virginia Cavaliers in 2019. The Cavaliers were the first No. 1 seed to ever lose to a No. 16 seed in the first round the year before, and only the second No.

1 seed to be ousted before the Sweet Sixteen. After losing to Maryland-Baltimore County in 2018, the Cavaliers bounced back to become the first and only No. 1 seed to rally from the first round and capture the championship.

After being trounced by the Retrievers, Virginia regrouped to beat No. 16 seed Gardner-Webb University in the first round of the tournament in 2019, then defeated No. 9 seed Oklahoma in the second round.

From there, the Cavaliers ran the table, beating No. 12 seed Oregon, No. 3 seed Purdue, No. 2 seed Tennessee, and No. 5 seed Auburn. Along the way, the Cavaliers overcame a 14-point halftime deficit to beat Purdue and a 10-point deficit in the second half to knockout Auburn.

Virginia’s 81-55 NCAA Championship win over Texas Tech secured its place in the history books as the lowest seed to win a championship.

## Is it impossible to have a perfect bracket?

No, it is not impossible to have a perfect bracket. While the odds of correctly predicting the entire NCAA basketball tournament are incredibly small (1 in 9. 2 quintillion!), it is still technically possible.

With the right combination of skill, luck, and extensive knowledge of the teams and players in the tournament, it is possible to hit the jackpot with a perfect bracket. Furthermore, with the power of analytics and data visualization to understand matchups and team performance, some individuals might be better equipped than others to increase their chance of getting a perfect bracket.

## Who is more accurate Jerry Palm or Joe Lunardi?

When it comes to accuracy in predicting the NCAA Basketball tournament, it is difficult to determine who is more accurate—Jerry Palm or Joe Lunardi. Palm, who works for CBS Sports, has been producing selections since 2009.

Meanwhile, Lunardi, who works for ESPN, has become known as the “Bracketologist” over the years.

When evaluating accuracy, it is important to note that both Palm and Lunardi put forth great effort towards making their predictions. On the other hand, there is no perfect method for predicting the NCAA tournament, as teams can surpass expectations and underperform based on their seed.

That being said, there are some metrics that can be used to compare across different predictors. Palm has proven to be accurate in the past in terms of predicting seeds. In 2013 and 2014, he was the most accurate seeding expert according to ESPN’s Bracketology projection accuracy measurements.

On the other hand, Lunardi has also proven to be strong in terms of accuracy—his Bracketology projections have been in the top-three for overall accuracy for the past four years.

Ultimately, it is difficult to determine who is the more accurate out of the two. But given their success in the past, both Palm and Lunardi are likely to continue to put forth great effort in predicting the NCAA tournament.

## How long did the longest perfect bracket last?

The longest-lasting perfect bracket, according to ESPN and Quicken Loans, was created by Gregg Nigl of Columbus, Ohio, who correctly picked all 67 games of the NCAA Tournament in 2015. Nigl’s perfect bracket lasted until the Final Four of that tournament, when Wisconsin upset previously undefeated Kentucky.

He became the first person in tournament history to ever complete a perfect bracket until that point, and his achievement was recognized with a \$100,000 prize from Quicken Loans and a trip to the Final Four.

## How Much Will Warren Buffett pay for a perfect bracket?

Warren Buffett has famously offered a \$1 billion prize to anyone who can fill out a perfect March Madness bracket. As the odds of completing a perfect bracket are estimated to be one in 9. 2 quintillion, it is unlikely that anyone will take home the prize.

It is also unlikely that Buffett will ever have to pay out the money. Therefore, the actual amount Buffett will pay for a perfect bracket is not known, since it probably won’t happen.

## Is anyones bracket still perfect?

No, unfortunately nobody is currently able to maintain a perfect bracket. The NCAA men’s basketball tournament is extremely difficult to predict and the results can be unpredictable at times. All of the sudden upsets and close games make it nearly impossible for anyone to keep their bracket perfect.

Even the best bracketologists and college hoops analysis have seen the majority of their picks challenged at least one or two games. While it would certainly be quite the Cinderella story for someone to emerge from the hundreds of millions of brackets filled out with a perfect entry, the odds of this happening grow slimmer with every round.

## Who offered a billion dollars for a perfect bracket?

In 2014, Warren Buffett, one of the world’s wealthiest people, made an offer of \$1 billion to anyone who could come up with a perfect March Madness bracket, challenging Americans to try and predict the winners of all 67 games of the NCAA Basketball Tournament.

The exact details of the challenge included anyone 18 and over, registering at Quicken Loans’ Billion Dollar Bracket challenge, to be eligible. The challenge, however, was quite ambitious, and irrespective of the amount at stake, the chances of anyone predicting the correct outcome of all 67 games was virtually impossible.

To put it in perspective, the odds of accomplishing this miraculous feat was 1 in 9. 2 quintillion, which is almost unfathomable. In the end, nobody was able to correctly fill out the bracket, and Buffett did not have to pay out his beloved billion dollars.

## What is the billion dollar bracket?

The billion dollar bracket is a bracket-style competition, hosted by Quicken Loans and Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, which is available to the first 15 million people who sign up. The grand prize for correctly guessing the winners of each round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is a \$1 billion payout—the largest single pay-out in sports history.

The odds of correctly predicting the winners of each game are low, somewhere around 1 in 9. 2 quintillion. Together, these two companies are offering up \$2 Billion in prizes and giving away \$100,000 to anyone with a perfect bracket before the first game tips off.

The idea behind the Billion Dollar Bracket Challenge is to leverage the excitement surrounding the NCAA tournament to raise awareness and money for worthy causes, including boosting college access and financial literacy.

Participants will be able to donate portions of their winnings to Quicken Loans’ ZING charity or a charity of their choice. It is an innovative way to do some public good while giving basketball fans a chance to win the largest single payout prize of any sports game in history.