Chicago Man Had Last Perfect Bracket in America

Brad Binder, of Buffalo Grove, briefly became a social media sensation Saturday when he was named the only one in the country with a perfect bracket

Monday, Mar 24, 2014  |  Updated 2:20 PM EDT
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    A suburban Chicago man was the last person in America with a perfect bracket after two rounds of the NCAA tournament.

    Brad Binder, of Buffalo Grove, briefly became a social media sensation Saturday when he was named the only one in the country with a perfect bracket, dubbed “Brad’s Breathtaking Bracket.”

    His entry, though not in Warren Buffett's "Billion Dollar Bracket Challenge," was entered in Yahoo Sports Tourney Pick’em 2014.

    A year ago, not a single person of the 11 million who entered on ESPN's website was perfect after a first day filled with upsets. Just four got 15 out of 16 right.

    This year people lasted a little longer. After 28 games, all 11 million entries had at least one mistake.

    But Binder's bracket withstood the test of time that claimed so many others, picking the first 32 games of the tournament correctly, a feat that is almost unheard of.

    On Saturday, the hopeful bracket was still standing after wins from Florida, Louisville, Michigan and San Diego State, bringing his bracket to 36 for 36.

    It wasn’t until Dayton beat Syracuse, the former No. 1 team in the country, 55-53 that Binder’s bracket took a dive. After that, no perfect brackets remained.

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