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Monday, March 24, 2014
Tournament Challenge: The sweetest thing

By James Quintong

Thanks to a flurry of upsets on Sunday, just three of the 11 million brackets in Tournament Challenge got the entire Sweet 16 correct. Another 99 brackets got 15 of 16 right. It's worth noting that none of the three perfect Sweet 16 brackets is atop the overall leaderboard in the game because of relatively modest scores in the Round of 64. (They all went 26-6 in the first round.)

Here's a look at Sunday's upsets:

10-seed Stanford over 2-seed Kansas
8-seed Kentucky over 1-seed Wichita State
6-seed Baylor over 3-seed Creighton
11-seed Tennessee over 14-seed Mercer (Not really an upset, but given both are low seeds, the overall numbers are low)

A total of 4,086 brackets had all four of Stanford, Kentucky, Baylor and Tennessee in the Sweet 16.

President Obama's bracket
The president ended up with nine Sweet 16 teams and is already down three of his Elite Eight teams (Kansas, Villanova, Duke). However, his Final Four (Arizona, Florida, Louisville, Michigan State) is still intact. He currently sits in the 73.7 percentile.

Previewing the Sweet 16 matchups
South: Florida-UCLA
East: Virginia-Michigan State
Iowa State-Connecticut
West: Arizona-San Diego State
Midwest: Louisville-Kentucky