While it wouldn’t have made Warren Buffet $1 billon poorer, the last perfect bracket nearly survived the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament.

Brad Binder, hailing from Buffalo Groves, Ill., had picked every winner of the second round of the tournament correctly. Even No. 14 Mercer’s monumental upset of No. 2 Duke that sent nearly every pool participant’s bracket reeling, as well as No. 11 Dayton’s win over No. 6 Ohio State.

Binder’s bracket eventually broke like everyone else's around the country when Dayton continued its run by knocking off No. 3 Syracuse on Saturday.

Alas, he never had a chance to win the $1 billion anyway since Binder never entered the Buffet and Quicken Loans challenge. Still he kept things lighthearted on his Twitter account, and he didn't claim to be a "bracketologist" in any way.


After perusing Binder’s bracket he didn’t necessarily predict too many upsets other than Mercer going to the Sweet 16, and largely picked favored teams like Florida, Michigan State and Michigan to make the Final Four. 

Binder’s two other bold choices were little known Stephen F. Austin to beat UCLA and make the first Sweet 16 in the school’s history, and No. 7 Oregon besting Arizona in the West Region.

Even if Syracuse had managed to squeak by Dayton, Binder’s bracket would have made its first misstep anyway with Oregon falling to No. 2 Wisconsin right after. Plus he'd still have to overcome the 1:9.2 quintillion odds of attaining a perfect bracket.