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#pounditThursday, January 26, 2023

Iowa State upset busted all remaining perfect brackets

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The Iowa State Cyclones upset the LSU Tigers on Friday night, and in doing so left all remaining NCAA Tournament brackets busted.

It’s unclear how many perfect brackets remained as tipoff neared, but it was unlikely to be many. The tournament has been defined by bracket-wrecking upsets early on, including No. 11 Notre Dame over No. 6 Alabama, No. 12 Richmond over No. 5 Iowa and, of course, No. 15 Saint Peter’s over No. 2 Kentucky.

At the time of Kentucky’s loss, only 3% of all perfect brackets remained. Iowa State’s victory eliminated those.

With all remaining brackets flushed, it marks the second consecutive year in which first-round March Madness games resulted in every single official bracket being busted.

If there is one perfect bracket still remaining on a white board or in a mancave out there, kudos to you. Whoever you are.

Photo: Iowa State guard Tyrese Hunter (11) and guard Caleb Grill (2) celebrate a basket during the second half in the first round game of the 2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Friday, March 18, 2022 at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wis. Iowa State beat LSU 59-54.

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