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If Baylor Beats Gonzaga, There Will Be Zero Perfect Brackets Left

Gonzaga taking on Fairleigh Dickinson.

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH - MARCH 21: Jahlil Jenkins #3 of the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights goes up for a shot against the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the second half in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena on March 21, 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

As we noted earlier this morning, there are just 16 perfect brackets left in the world after the First Round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament. One result could reduce that number to zero by the afternoon.

There are eight games on the slate today, starting with Maryland vs. LSU, which is currently being played. There's also Kentucky vs. Wofford, Michigan vs. Florida, Florida State vs. Murray State, Gonzaga vs. Baylor, Michigan State vs. Minnesota, Purdue vs. Villanova and Kansas vs. Auburn.

There are two matchups in which all but one picked a certain victor (Michigan vs. Florida, Michigan State vs. Minnesota) but only one matchup in which everyone picked the same team.

So if Gonzaga loses to Baylor this afternoon, we'll be out of perfect brackets. The dream will die - at least for another year.

It makes sense. Gonzaga is a 14.5-point favorite, so most are picking them to prevail. But plenty of 1-seeds in the past have gone down in the Round of 32.

It's also possible that some kind of combination of results knocks everyone out before the Gonzaga vs. Baylor game even takes place. But if that doesn't happen, a victory by the Bears would do it.

Gonzaga vs. Baylor is set to tip off at 7:10 PM ET on TBS. The winner of the contest will get the winner of Florida State vs. Murray State.

By the end of the day, the tournament will be down to just 24 teams.