• Lillie Burke

Belmont student discusses historic chance at a perfect March Madness bracket

The odds of picking a perfect bracket in the NCAA Tournament are about 1 in 9.2 quintillion and many have said it will never happen in our lifetime.

Belmont sophomore Arthur Munt is three games away from making the impossible dream of bracketologists around the country a reality.

The 20-year-old exercise science major from Liverpool, England has correctly predicted each of the first 60 games of the tournament correctly. Munt believes it is his destiny to complete the perfect bracket.

“I had a dream one night where I was visited by my late grandmother and she handed me a bracket with every game picked,” said Munt. “I woke up in a cold sweat and immediately filled out the bracket for the pool in my dorm. After every game, I feel the presence of Granny Morgan looking down on me.”

The perfect bracket is even more amazing due to the stunning first and second-round upsets this season including 10 double-digit seeds making the second round and presumptive favorite Michigan State losing in the first round.

“I was just as shocked as everybody else when the Spartans got bounced by MTSU, but I knew my bracket was something special after that,” said Munt.

The tournament this year has featured shocking upsets and unlikely Cinderella stories including No. 10 seed Syracuse making a shocking run to the Final Four, but Munt has stayed perfect through it all.

“The zone defense of Syracuse has been incredible to watch,” said Munt. “I was grabbing some fish and chips with the lads the other day and we were hanging on every moment of their Elite Eight game.”

National media has yet to pick up on Munt’s perfect bracket because he wants to keep a low-profile and asked his friends to keep things quiet.

“I’m a really shy guy most of the time so I don’t want the attention,” said Munt. “I just felt like it was the right thing to do in order to honor my grandmother’s wishes.”

However, some of Munt’s friends have been very happy for him including his roommate Lance Peterson.

“Arthur’s just such a great person overall,” said Peterson. “If it could have happened to anyone, I’m glad it happened to him.”

Munt has also already made plans on how he will spend his winnings from the pool. The money will go to an engagement ring for his girlfriend Gwen Iverson, said Munt.

“Gwen and I have been discussing wedding plans for a while, but I haven’t been able to afford a ring until now,” said Munt. “She’s probably been the only person happier than me about all this.”

With the Final Four games happening Saturday and the championship game coming Monday, Munt is keeping his final three picks a secret.

“Mum’s the word on who I have at the end here,” said Munt. “Let’s just say, there are going to be some interesting things happening this weekend.”

All remaining tournament games can be seen on CBS.


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This article is a work of fiction, meant for entertainment purposes only.

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