The Last Of The Perfect Brackets Just Died With Syracuse

  • Jake O'Donnell

Like Charlie with Willy Wonka’s golden ticket, Brad Binder has done the unthinkable: He’s defied the overwhelming odds and picked the entire first round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament. However unlikely it is that he gets the rest correct (it is still very, very impossible), the guy deserves some serious props on his clairvoyance. “I did all my picks in under five minutes,” he told Yahoo! Sports.


“Duke was soft all year and they live and die by the 3 ball. Mercer has that chemistry,” he explained, justifying his 100% correct three-over-fourteen upset pick. Um, — of course. Us too (we did analog brackets, so, ya).

We’re not quite so sure about his Michigan State-Michigan final, but then again, we’re mortals, and our judgement is fallible. This man is a seer; despite failing to recognize he should have entered this bracket in Warren Buffett’s Billion Dollar Bracket Challenge. Once again, it’s still a long shot that he gets the whole thing right, but Quicken still is giving out $100,000 to the 20 best bracketeers, so he’s definitely kicking himself. Seriously, he’s already asked Mr. Buffett to throw him a bone in case he does, in fact, nail the whole thing.

He won’t, though we’re suspecting the oft-referenced calculation that the odds of a perfect bracket are 1 in 9.2 quintillion may be a bit off (that number assumes all games are at 50/50 odds). It’s probably more like 1 in 128 billion.

So you’re saying there’s a chance!

(Oh, and if you’re gambling on any of the upcoming games, here’s the rest of his bracket.)


Brad called Louisville beating St. Louis, Florida beating Pittsburgh, San Diego State beating North Dakota State, and Michigan beating Texas. He also had Oregon beating Stanford and Michigan State beating Harvard, both of which are looking like distinct possibilities. Then Syracuse blew two opportunities to beat Dayton in the final ten seconds, effectively ending his streak. :(