Brackets by the numbers

March, 21, 2010
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Despite 4.78 million entries, no one correctly picked every game through two rounds of ESPN.com's Tournament Challenge, and only four picked 15 of the 16 teams still alive.

In fact, there were 6,776 brackets that managed to go 0-for-16.

The percentage of brackets that picked each team to reach the Sweet 16 (and the percentage to win it all):

  • Kentucky: 92.8% (21.4)
  • West Virginia: 92.7% (4.7)
  • Syracuse: 92.1% (10.3)
  • Kansas State: 86.5% (1.7)
  • Ohio State: 85.2% (3.9)
  • Duke: 84.7% (6.4)
  • Baylor: 69.8% (0.5)
  • Michigan State: 51.5% (0.6)
  • Butler: 39.6% (0.1)
  • Purdue: 33.1% (0.15)
  • Xavier: 30.0% (0.06)
  • Tennessee: 19.8% (0.3)
  • Cornell: 11.3% (0.04)
  • Washington: 8.8% (0.1)
  • St. Mary’s: 3.7% (0.02)
  • Northern Iowa: 0.9% (0.03)

Kansas was selected most often as the champion (42.7%).

The most-commonly selected national championship matchups that are still possible:

  • 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%)

Presidential update:

President Obama is in the 92nd percentile with a rank of 341,262. However, with only five of his Elite Eight choices remaining, the president is likely to fall off in the coming rounds.

Other notables brackets:

LeBron James
Dick Vitale
Mike Greenberg
Mike Golic
Joe Lunardi
Bill Simmons
Michael Wilbon
Colin Cowherd
Michelle Beadle
Scott Van Pelt
Doug Gottlieb

And finally:

Only 17,726 brackets (0.4%) correctly selected the Michigan State/Northern Iowa Sweet 16 matchup.

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