Falcons’ Bijan Robinson has perfect March Madness bracket through first day

Atlanta Falcons running back Bijan Robinson is one of few with a perfect bracket after day one of March Madness 2024, which featured No. 14 seed Oakland knocking out No. 3 Kentucky on Thursday.

Robinson went 16-0 on day one, according to the NCAA, which posted his bracket on social media.

Just .00038 percent of perfect brackets remain following a wild slate of upsets.

According to ESPN, just 1,825 perfect brackets remain out of the 22.1 million brackets entered.

Robinson’s bracket correctly included No. 11 seeds Duquesne, Oregon and NC State advancing to the second round.

Robinson — a former All-American at Texas, who was the eighth overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft — predicted the Longhorns to win the NCAA title, with UConn, Baylor and Houston in the Final Four.

Atlanta Falcons running back Bijan Robinson (7) is interviewed after an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers on Sep. 10, 2023, in Atlanta. AP

“@Bijan5Robinson KNOWS BALL,” the NCAA March Madness account wrote in a post on X. “His bracket is STILL perfect.”

Robinson, who reposted the message, wrote, “Perfect day 1 haha kinda dope,” with a smiling emoji.

Atlanta Falcons running back Bijan Robinson (7) runs in for a touchdown against New Orleans Saints safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) in the first half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2024. AP

The star running back’s best selection came via the biggest upset of the day.

Oakland’s stunning 80-76 victory over Kentucky was led by senior guard Jack Gohlke, who recorded 32 points in 36 minutes while adding two rebounds and four assists.

Gohlke’s 10 3-pointers were just one short of the NCAA tournament Game 1 record of 11.

Jack Gohlke #3 of the Oakland Golden Grizzlies reacts after making a three pointer against the Kentucky Wildcats in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at PPG PAINTS Arena on March 21, 2024, in Pittsburgh. Getty Images

It was the most by any player vs. Kentucky in the men’s NCAA tournament since 1990, according to SportsCenter.

All eyes will be on Kentucky head coach John Calipari in the offseason after another early NCAA tournament exit.

The Wildcats were sent home by the No. 15 seed Saint Peter’s in 2022.

Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari during the second half against the Oakland Golden Grizzlies in the first round of the NCAA Tournament game at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA on March 21, 2024. Nicholas T Loverde/CSM/Shutterstock

The first round of the tournament continues Friday afternoon, and Robinson predicts major upsets with No. 15 Western Kentucky beating No. 2 Marquette, No. 12 Grand Canyon downing No. 5 Saint Mary’s and No. 10 Colorado defeating No. 7 Florida.

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