COLUMBUS, Ohio – An Ohio man has made history with a March Madness bracket that is perfect through 48 games at NCAA.com's "Bracket Challenge", according to the NCAA.
Gregg Nigl from Columbus told Columbus Dispatch he almost didn't fill up his seizure last week and said he was home ill just hours before the deadline. But he felt bad about not getting into a seizure in his friend's tournament group.
Instead, he told every game through the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament in 2019.
The NCAA bracket tracker says the bracket is the only perfect one remaining across all the major online bracket games, including Yahoo, ESPN, CBS, Fox, Sports Illustrated and NCAA own competition. It is the longest stroke of the correct bracket picks, breaking the reported record of 39 games that happened in 201
NCAA says the odds for a perfect bracket are 1 in 9.2 quintillion – so players are underneath.
Nigl, 40, said he examined his picks, did his homework after the tournament field was revealed, including watching some of the console's shows on TV.
In addition to his historical seizures, two of Nigl's other three brackets are primarily in their groups, said Dispatch.
Nigl has watched the games close and stopped on a recent trip with his wife at a brewery in Erie, Pennsylvania to watch Michigan beat Florida in the round 32. Nigl, who grew up in Michigan, is a lifelong Wolverines fan.
In his perfect bracket, Nigl No. 1 Gonzaga, who beats No. 2 Kentucky to national title. Duke and Virginia round out their Final Four.
While Nigl likes how he chose the remaining games, he doesn't count on his bracket to be perfect.
"See the odds for a perfect fixture until this point, I'm not very sure it will be that way," Nigl said. "But everything can happen."