UK was popular Tournament Challenge pick

April, 3, 2012
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There were plenty of brackets to get the national championship right this year, as 35.1 percent of the 6.45 million Tournament Challenge brackets correctly picked Kentucky to win it all, by far the most popular selection in the game. That's a far cry from the 4.7 percent (out of 5.9 million brackets) to pick Connecticut last year.

There was a four-way tie atop the leader board this year with 1,780 points. However, the grand prize winner isn't necessarily coming from the pool of four to tie for the lead, but rather a drawing of the top 1 percent scorers.

President Obama's bracket

The president had North Carolina winning it all (beating Kentucky in the title game), so he could not score anymore points in the game. He finished with 1,020 points, in the 63.6th percentile.

Bill Plaschke's bracket

The "Around the Horn" panelist finished the challenge ranked 538th overall (out of 6.45 million brackets) with 1,680 points as he did pick Kentucky to beat Kansas in the final (after picking the entire Final Four correctly). Interestingly, he finished tied for fifth among all users entered in the "Around the Horn" group, 10 points behind the leaders. He picked only nine of the Sweet 16 teams, but made up for it by selecting seven of the Elite Eight correctly, and then getting all the Final Four teams right.

Notable brackets (Total points, percentile)

President Obama: (1,020; 63.6)

Jay Bilas: (1,260; 88.0)
Andy Katz: (1,180; 78.9)
Dick Vitale: (1,010; 62.9)
Doug Gottlieb: (930; 57.5)

Mike Greenberg: (620; 22.6)
Mike Golic: (1,340; 93.5)

Colin Cowherd: (1,260; 88.0)
Michelle Beadle: (460; 5.9)

Michael Wilbon: (1,160; 76.6)
Tony Kornheiser: (930; 57.5)

Scott Van Pelt: (1,290; 90.5)

LeBron James: (1,160; 76.7)

Chalk bracket (picking all higher seeds): (1,200; 81.8)
America's bracket: (1,260; 88.0)

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