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Brackets by the numbers

After Saturday's action, only 12 brackets in ESPN.com's Tournament Challenge (out of a total of 4.78 million) have correctly picked all eight of the Sweet 16 teams determined to this point.

Kansas appeared as the champion on almost twice as many brackets as the second-highest team, Kentucky.

Most times selected as champion:

  • Kansas: 2,017,360 (42.2%)

  • Kentucky: 1,022,627 (21.4%)

  • Syracuse: 490,828 (10.3%)

  • Duke: 304,924 (6.4%)

  • West Virginia: 224,417 (4.7%)

  • Ohio State: 187,879 (4.0%)

The most commonly selected championship game matchup was Kansas vs. Kentucky at 1.36 million brackets (28%).

The most-commonly chosen matchups that could still occur are:

  • Kentucky vs. Syracuse: 420,811 brackets (8.8%)

  • West Virginia vs. Syracuse: 166,593 brackets (3.5%)

  • Kentucky vs. Ohio State: 153,289 brackets (3.2%)

  • Duke vs. Syracuse: 115,649 brackets (2.4%)

Sunday's upset possibilities:

  • 1,001,382 brackets (21%) have Xavier in the Sweet 16

  • 537,924 brackets (11.3%) have Cornell in the Sweet 16

  • 324,525 brackets (6.8%) have Georgia Tech in the Sweet 16

  • 273,251 brackets (5.7%) have Gonzaga in the Sweet 16

  • 149,882 brackets (3.1%) have Missouri in the Sweet 16

  • 105,262 brackets (2.2%) have California in the Sweet 16

More numbers:

  • Exactly 60 brackets have Northern Iowa and St. Mary’s meeting in the championship game, with 36 of those picking Northern Iowa.

  • Exactly 41 brackets have Northern Iowa and Washington meeting in the championship game, with 21 of those picking Northern Iowa.

Presidential update:

President Obama is still in the top 216,000 (95.5 percentile) but has lost two of his Final 4 teams (Kansas and Nova).