Columbus man picks perfect bracket heading into Sweet 16


A neuropsychologist in Columbus is entering uncharted territory with his March Madness bracket.

He’s the only man who made the right pick in all 48 tournament games played thus far and the first person to do so according to the NCAA.

Gregg Nigl said he almost missed out on filling in the (so far) perfect bracket because he was sick.

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"It was the fourth one I filled out, the last one I filled out, and I was very close to going back to bed and I took some cold medicine and I almost didn't fill it out and I just did it on my phone, really quick, kind of mashed it out with other ones that I filled out, with some changes,” Nigl said.

When asked about his strategy, Nigl said since he lives in Columbus he gets to watch a lot of Big Ten basketball (including his favorite team: Michigan).

“I’m pretty comfortable picking the Big Ten schools, but a lot of the other ones, there are so many games in college basketball, you can't see them all, so I definitely record Bracketology on Selection Sunday every year and watch that and, again, I usually fill out two to three brackets every year, I know there is a core set of teams and I'm gonna pick all three or all four and there's a few that I think can go either way and I just do variations,” he said.

According to the NCAA, the odds of achieving what Nigl did are about 1 in 281,474,976,710,656.

These are his picks for the Elite Eight: Gonzaga, Tennessee, Michigan, Virginia, Michigan State, UNC, Duke and Kentucky.

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