Given the fact that billionaire Warren Buffet and Quicken Loans have teamed up to offer one billion dollars to anyone who can pick a perfect bracket during this year’s NCAA Tournament, we figured we’d do a little research regarding whether anyone has ever pulled off the feat. The result? As far as we can tell, nobody has ever picked every single matchup correctly – not even back when it was just 64 teams (it’s 68 now).
So no, there is no documentation to suggest that anyone has ever scored a perfect NCAA Tournament bracket. Is it possible that it’s happened in some offline pool and that he/she never came forward? Sure, but that’s unlikely too. You’d figure that such an accomplishment would be worth sharing.
Back in 2010, a 17-year-old autistic boy named Alex Hermann supposedly got every game right up until the Sweet Sixteen. But as Deadspin points out, it was hard to prove the validity of his claim. Still, he came nowhere near getting every game right.
According to many, the odds for getting every game in a 64-team bracket are 1 in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 – or 1 in over 9 quintillion. So theoretically, the odds are that we’ll never see someone pull it off in our lifetime. Good luck out there.