COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) — An Ohio man saw his miracle NCAA Tournament bracket busted during Thursday night’s Sweet Sixteen games.
According to NCAA.com, Gregg Nigl correctly picked the first 49 games of the tournament. That streak ended when Purdue beat Tennessee in overtime of game 50 of the tournament.
Nigl, from Columbus, jumped into the national spotlight after his red hot start to the tournament.
NCAA.com tracked tens of millions of brackets submitted on NCAA.com, ESPN, CBS, Yahoo, Fox, and Sports Illustrated. His perfect first weekend gave him the record for the longest streak of correct picks, according to NCAA.com.
Prior to the Sweet Sixteen games, Nigl appeared on the Today Show. The neuropsychologist says he got his picks correct by “…watching a lot of Big 10 basketball…and a lot of luck.”
According to NCAA.com, if every game were a coin toss, the odds of predicting 49 in a row are 1 in 562,949,953,421,312.