Posted on March 22, 2014 at 12:01 PM
Just 25 games into the NCAA tournament, the billion dollar bracket bubble has already burst.
Going into the third wave of games on the second day of the NCAA tournament, only three perfect brackets remained in the Quicken Loans billion dollar bracket contest. And all three had George Washington beating Memphis.
As Maurice Creek’s game-tying three came up short, so went the retirement plans of the three remaining hopefuls.
Billionaire Warren Buffett couldn’t have picked a better year to sponsor such a contest. Five double-digit seeded teams have won games with four games remaining in the second round.
The prospect of someone taking home the billion dollar prize took a big hit after the very first game of the tournament. About 84 percent of contestants incorrectly picked Ohio State to beat Dayton in the opener.
The biggest upset, by far, was Mercer’s win over Duke. Over 97 percent of contestants picked the Blue Devils.
While the billion dollar dream is over, the top-20 brackets will receive $100,000.