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Tens of millions of people filled out NCAA tournament brackets on major sites like ESPN, CBS Sports, Yahoo! Sports and NCAA.com, among others.
And after the first week of games, there is — amazingly — one perfect bracket left.
A bracket titled “Center Road” in NCAA.com’s “Bracket Challenge” still has yet to be busted, accurately predicting each of the first 48 games in this year’s NCAA tournament. NCAA.com called it “the longest streak of correct bracket picks we have ever seen” — at least in online contests over the past five years, when the web site started tracking brackets.
The chances of accurately predicting the Sweet 16, as “Center Road” did, are about 1 in 281 trillion — odds so astronomical that billionaire Warren Buffet has offered to pay any of his employees who predicted the Sweet 16 a payment of $1 million per year for life.
It is unclear who authored the “Center Road” bracket, but he or she is predicting all of the higher seeds to win their Sweet 16 matchups, with Duke, Gonzaga, Kentucky and Virginia reaching the Final Four — and the Bulldogs winning it all.
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