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The last person who had a perfect bracket in ESPN’s contest is picking KU to beat Kentucky

Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns (center) battled for a loose ball with Kansas’ Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (left) and Jamari Traylor during a game on Nov. 18, 2014.
Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns (center) battled for a loose ball with Kansas’ Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (left) and Jamari Traylor during a game on Nov. 18, 2014. The Associated Press

One isn’t always the loneliest number.

ESPN said that more than 11.5 million NCAA Tournament brackets had been filled out in its Tournament Challenge.

That one bracket to make it unscathed through the round of 64? It belongs to Malaquias4394, and you can view it here.

Here’s the thing that should make Kansas fans happy: this person picked the Jayhawks to not only beat Wichita State, but also take out Kentucky in the Elite Eight.

Here’s the thing that won’t make Kansas fans happy:

Yeah. It seems Malaquias4394 is a Duke fan (collective sigh).

▪ UPDATE: Maybe Malaquias4394 is not a Blue Devils fan after all.

ESPN wrote about the man behind the perfect bracket (his name is Malachi and he declined to give his last name).

Turns out, Malachi filled out his bracket 15 minutes before the start of Thursday’s games and now wishes he hadn’t picked the Jayhawks.

Seems he hadn’t watched a full college game this year.

“I didn’t realize KU was kind of having a down year and Kentucky was where they were,” Malachi told ESPN. “If I were to do it over again, I would have Kentucky winning that game.”

He also thought he had the final score being 58-52. But, you know, he was rushed.

▪ UPDATE 2: With Ohio State’s loss to Arizona, there are no more perfect brackets. Sorry. The Ohio State University’s loss.

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