Just in the few hours since Fab Melo was declared ineligible for the NCAA tournament, Syracuse's popularity in Tournament Challenge has taken a tumble and likely will continue to fall.
Stats as of 7:40 p.m. ET (3.3 million brackets)
Percentage picking Syracuse
... to win it all: 8.82 percent (was 10.57 percent at 3 p.m.); still third-most popular pick behind Kentucky and North Carolina. Michigan State (7.34 percent) and Missouri (7.22 percent) are not far behind.
... to reach the championship game: 18.62 percent (was 22.16 percent at 3 p.m.); also third-most popular pick, but Kansas (17.45 percent) is close behind.
... to reach the Final Four: 35.27 percent (was 41.23 percent at 3 p.m.); now the fifth-most popular pick to reach the Final Four with No. 2 seed Missouri (40.36 percent) and fellow No. 1 seed Michigan State (35.41 percent) ahead of Syracuse.
Also of note, 11.85 percent of brackets have Syracuse failing to advance to the Sweet 16, the only No. 1 seed at more than 10 percent. And only 62.57 percent of brackets have Syracuse in the Elite Eight, the fewest of all the No. 1 seeds and even behind No. 2 seeds Missouri and Kansas.
Barack Obama has revealed a Final Four of Kentucky, Ohio State, Missouri and North Carolina.
Kentucky (67.32 percent), North Carolina (54.55 percent) and Missouri (40.36 percent) are the top three most popular picks to reach the Final Four. Ohio State is seventh overall (26.51 percent).
A total of 5 percent of Tournament Challenge entries have the same Final Four as the president.
A couple of other notable Tournament Challenge trends so far:
Only two lower seeds are predicted to win in the round of 64: No. 9 seed UConn (69.03 percent) over No. 8 seed Iowa State; No. 11 seed NC State (50.92 percent) over No. 6 seed San Diego State.
The 7-10 matchup between Gonzaga (50.36 percent) and West Virginia (49.64 percent) is the closest battle.
The most popular No. 12 seed to pull off a round of 64 upset is VCU (facing Wichita State) at 37.41 percent.