Following Indiana’s upset of Kentucky, the next couple of games ended in more predictable fashion.
In the Midwest region, 4-seed Iowa State defeated 12-seed Arkansas-Little Rock.
This was a matchup predicted by just under 10 percent of Tournament Challenge participants, and just under 80 percent of those who picked this matchup went with a win for the higher-seeded Cyclones.
Only 3.6 percent of approximately 13 million total entries had Arkansas-Little Rock pulling off this upset, and only 13.1 percent had it in the second round in the first place. The Trojans’ upset of Purdue hurt quite a few brackets, as Purdue was the 5-seed most often picked to move on to the NCAA tournament round of 32.
This will be the second time since 2000 that Iowa State has advanced to the Sweet 16. The last time the Cyclones made it this far was 2014, when they were a 3-seed and lost to seventh-seeded Connecticut, the eventual champion.
Iowa State will play for a spot in the Elite Eight against Virginia. Some 38.6 percent of entries predicted this matchup, with just over 23 percent of those brackets featuring an upset by the Cyclones.
No. 1 seed Virginia earned that spot in the Sweet 16 by defeating ninth-seeded Butler 77-69.
This matchup was much more popular among Tournament Challenge players, as 62.7 percent of entries had the Cavaliers and Bulldogs meeting in the second round. UVa was a heavy favorite according to the masses, as over 7.3 million brackets had Virginia defeating Butler to advance to the Sweet 16.
UVa was Sweet 16-bound in 88 percent of all brackets and Elite Eight participants in 68 percent of entries. From there, the Cavaliers’ popularity drops off quite a bit, as nearly 58 percent of brackets had them facing Michigan State for the right to move on to the Final Four. A large majority -- 73 percent -- of those brackets featured the Spartans advancing, which drops UVa’s Final Four popularity to 22.5 percent.
Butler wasn’t able to recreate its tournament runs of 2010 and 2011, when they were able to rattle off five wins in back-to-back tournaments to reach the title game each time. Since their defeat in the 2011 final, the Bulldogs have gone 3-3 in tournament play.
Virginia will face Iowa State in the Sweet 16 on Friday in Chicago.
President Obama's bracket: The President was correct on 23 of 32 games in the first round and started off 2-for-2 in the second round. And while he did pick Virginia to advance, he had Purdue going to the Sweet 16 and favored Kentucky to beat Indiana. That brings his record to 3-for-5 Saturday, good for 290 overall points and a spot in the 79th percentile among all brackets entered.