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No Perfect 2021 Men's NCAA Tournament Brackets Remain After Maryland's Win

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMarch 20, 2021

Maryland's Eric Ayala (5) brings the ball up as Connecticut's R.J. Cole defends during the first half of a first-round game in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament Saturday, March 20, 2021, at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Ind. (AP Photo/Robert Franklin)
Robert Franklin/Associated Press

For anyone dreaming of completing a perfect bracket, just know it's extremely difficult to simply predict the first round correctly in the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

No one was able to accomplish that feat this year after No. 10 Maryland's 63-54 win over No. 7 UConn knocked the final three perfect brackets from the ranks of the unbeaten, per NCAA.com:

The brackets are tracked across NCAA.com, ESPN, CBS, Yahoo and Sports Illustrated.

There were just 121 perfect brackets left after Friday's 16 games.

Higher-seed wins by Colorado, Florida State and Kansas on Saturday knocked the number of perfect brackets down from 121 to 50 through the early part of Saturday's action. No. 8 LSU's 76-61 win over No. 9 St. Bonaventure then slashed that figure in half and then some with 23 left following the Tigers' win.

The number whittled down even more throughout the day, and only three remained following No. 13 Ohio's 62-58 upset win over No. 4 Virginia. That number fell to zero after the Terrapins' victory.

Pickers had to make some strange selections in order to stay perfect that long considering No. 15 Oral Roberts, No. 13 North Texas and No. 12 Oregon State all won in Round 1. Ultimately, no recorded bracket made it through the first round unscathed.

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