Nova Southeastern University Alumnus Only Person on Planet with Perfect March Madness Bracket

Odds are 1 in 281 TRILLION – First Time in History


FORT LAUDERDALE/DAVIE, Fla. – The odds are almost inconceivable.

1 in 281 TRILLION. That’s right, trillion.

basketball-147794_960_720Gregg Nigl, an alumnus from Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) College of Psychology, is the last man standing. What’s even more amazing is that he nearly didn’t fill this bracket out – it was a last minute decision for a friend’s group. He filled out a couple of other brackets this year as well, but no word on how those are doing.

His 2019 bracket, named “Center Road” obliterated the previous record holder of 39 correct games after the first weekend of the tournament. To put this in perspective, other astronomical odds include:

  • Hitting the Powerball:     1 in 292 Million
  • Being struck by lightning:     1 in 960,000
  • Being bitten by a grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park:     1 in 2.7 million
  • Being bitten by a shark (U.S. Waters):     1 in 11.5 million

Nigl received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from NSU and is currently a neuropsychologist in Ohio.

And it’s not just in the basketball brackets that NSU Sharks are dominating – the university’s Men’s and Women’s basketball teams made the Elite 8 in the Division II basketball tournament! Clearly being an NSU Shark gives you an edge when it comes to performing on and off the basketball court

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About Nova Southeastern University (NSU): Located in beautiful Fort Lauderdale, Florida, NSU is ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s Top 200 National Research Universities and is a dynamic, private research university providing high-quality educational and research programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and first-professional degree levels. Established in 1964, NSU now includes 16 colleges, the 215,000-square-foot Center for Collaborative Research, a private JK-12 grade school, the Mailman Segal Center for Human Development with specialists in Autism, the world-class NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, and the Alvin Sherman Library, Research and Information Technology Center, which is Florida’s largest public library. NSU has campuses in Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Miramar, Orlando, Palm Beach, and Tampa, Florida, as well as San Juan, Puerto Rico, while maintaining a presence online globally. Classified as a research university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, NSU is one of only 50 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification, and is also the largest private institution in the United States that meets the U.S. Department of Education’s criteria as a Hispanic-serving Institution. For more information, please visit


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