Tournament Challenge: Final numbers

March, 20, 2014
Mar 20
1:05
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With games starting and signups now closed, ESPN's Tournament Challenge finished with just more than 11 million brackets entered this year. Last year, there were 8.14 million brackets entered in the game.

At one point this morning, there were 11,983 brackets entered in one minute (or just less than 200 brackets per second). Also, the Mike and Mike group has 985,000 entries, by far the biggest group in Tournament Challenge history.

Florida is the most popular pick to win it all, with 27.2 percent of brackets taking the Gators. Michigan State (14.6 percent) and Louisville (9.4 percent), both 4-seeds, were the next most popular options.

Top 10 picks:
1. Florida: 27.2 percent
2. Michigan State: 14.6 percent
3. Louisville: 9.4 percent
4. Arizona: 7.9 percent
5. Wichita State: 5.9 percent
6. Kansas: 5.5 percent
7. Duke: 5.3 percent
8. Virginia: 3.8 percent
9. Michigan: 3.7 percent
10. Syracuse: 3.6 percent

The most popular Final Four combination is Arizona, Florida, Louisville and Michigan State (the same as President Obama), in 9.9 percent of brackets. Meanwhile, just 3.3 percent took all four 1-seeds to reach the Final Four.

The most picked national championship matchup is Florida-Louisville, at 13.1 percent (41.2 percent of brackets have the Gators in the title game; 28.0 percent have the Cardinals).

Top final game combinations:
Florida-Louisville: 13.1 percent
Florida-Arizona: 9 percent
Louisville-Michigan State: 8.1 percent
Florida-Duke: 5.3 percent
Florida-Wichita State: 5.2 percent
Arizona-Michigan State: 4.6 percent
Duke-Michigan State: 2.7 percent

Percentage of brackets picking teams to reach the Final Four, by region:

South
1. Florida: 61.9 percent
2. Kansas: 16.9 percent
3. Syracuse: 11.8 percent
4. UCLA: 3 percent

West
1. Arizona: 48.8 percent
2. Wisconsin: 20.7 percent
3. Creighton: 12.4 percent
9. Oklahoma State: 5.5 percent

Midwest
4. Louisville: 38.6 percent
3. Duke: 20.9 percent
1. Wichita State: 18.3 percent
2. Michigan: 15.1 percent

East
4. Michigan State: 47.1 percent
1. Virginia: 22.0 percent
2. Iowa State: 11.7 percent
3. Villanova: 9.6 percent

Least popular picks to win it all:
New Mexico State: 1,986 total brackets
NC Central: 2,012
Manhattan: 2,406
Tulsa: 2,534
Eastern Kentucky: 2,873

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