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NFL player goes viral for perfect bracket after first day of March Madness

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Mar 20, 2024; Dayton, OH, USA; Detailed view of March Madness logos before the game between the Montana State Bobcats and the Grambling State Tigers at UD Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Bijan Robinson seems to know his basketball. The Atlanta Falcons running back was one of a small group of people that still had an unblemished bracket after the first day of the NCAA Tournament.

NCAA March Madness’ official X account posted Robinson’s bracket days before the tournament began. The Texas alum unsurprisingly chose his alma mater to win it all.

But Robinson may have put in more effort than people realized given that he accurately called all five upsets that occurred on the first day of March Madness. Either that, or he just got really, really lucky.

Robinson correctly predicted 9-seed Michigan State, 11-seed Duquesne, 11-seed Oregon, 11-seed NC State, and most surprisingly 13-seed Oakland to advance to the next round. The Falcons star’s perfect bracket was one of fewer than than 0.0038% remaining out in the wild.

Oakland needed a historic three-point shooting performance from viral sensation Jack Gohlke to upset Kentucky. Robinson will likely need similarly unexpected heroics — and a huge run from his 7-seed Texas squad — to maintain his perfect standing.


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