College Basketball Nation: 2011 NCAA trends

279,308 picked the overall winner

April, 5, 2011
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In total, 279,308 brackets, or 4.7% of the more than 5.9 million Tournament Challenge brackets correctly picked Connecticut to win the national championship. The Huskies were the fifth-most popular pick to win it all at the start of the tournament, the top pick after the No. 1 seeds.

This bracket finished with the most points in this year's Tournament Challenge game.

President Barack Obama's bracket:

He officially finished in the 87.4 percentile, ranked 746,806th overall.

Notable Brackets, final standings:

President Obama: 650 points, 87.4 percentile

Mike Golic: 580 points, 75.5 percentile

Colin Cowherd: 560 points, 68.1 percentile

Snoop Dogg: 500 points, 42.8 percentile

Michael Wilbon: 480 points, 33.6 percentile

Mike Greenberg: 450 points, 21.3 percentile

Dick Vitale: 450 points, 21.3 percentile

Bill Simmons: 430 points, 14.6 percentile

Tony Kornheiser: 420 points, 11.9 percentile

Matthew Berry: 420 points, 11.9 percentile

Michelle Beadle: 350 points, 2.6 percentile

Henry Hasselbeck (Matt Hasselbeck's 5-year-old son): He finished with 770 points, in the 93.4 percentile.

Three people remain alive for the title

April, 3, 2011
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Just 881 out of more than 5.9 million Tournament Challenge brackets picked the Butler-Connecticut national title game matchup.

Overall, just 4,325 brackets (0.07 percent) have Butler winning the championship, and only 11,326 had the Bulldogs even reaching the title game.

In contrast, 4.7 percent of brackets (279,308) have UConn winning it all, with 9.3 percent (551,236) having the Huskies in the title game. UConn was the fifth-most popular pick to win it all before the tournament, ranking behind only the four No. 1 seeds.

In addition to the 881 brackets that got both games right, another 560,799 got one of two games right. A total of 9.48 precent of brackets got at least one of two national title game participants.

This bracket, one of the 881 to get both title game finalists correct, is the current leader in the game, and can win it all if UConn beats Butler in the championship game. However, if Butler beats Connecticut in the title game, either this bracket or this bracket -- currently tied for second place overall -- would be the winner. Tiebreakers would come into play.

Also worth noting, the leader heading into the Final Four (and of two brackets to have the entire Final Four) missed both games Saturday and falls from first place to 286th overall.

President Barack Obama's bracket:

He had no teams reach the Final Four, so his bracket is stuck at 650 points, ranked 724,525 overall, in the 87.8 percentile.

Celebrity brackets:

No brackets picked either UConn or Butler to reach the finals.

Video: The guy with a perfect Final Four

March, 28, 2011
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Out of more than 5.9 million brackets filled out for ESPN.com's Tournament Challenge, Joe Pearlman is the owner of one of just two that correctly picked all four Final Four teams. He joined 'SportsCenter' to discusses how he made his decisions.

Tournament Challenge: Two have all four

March, 27, 2011
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And then were two.

More than 5.9 million brackets were filled out for ESPN.com's Tournament Challenge, but exactly two went 4-for-4 in picking Final Four teams.

Only 1,093 brackets had three of the Final Four correct, while 2.1 percent had two right. A total of 27.6 percent had one Final Four team, while the vast majority of you -- 70.3 percent -- don't have a single team left.

The improbable VCU-Butler matchup definitely busted the most brackets, as just 192 brackets correctly predicted VCU and Butler to meet in the national semifinals. Overall, 36,732 (0.6 percent) had Butler in the Final Four, while just 5,791 (0.1 percent) picked VCU to go this far. Of the 192 brackets picking VCU and Butler in the Final Four, 112 picked Butler to win.

As for the other half of the bracket, 112,489 brackets (1.9 percent) had Connecticut and Kentucky meeting in the Final Four. Overall, 23.1 percent of brackets had UConn making it this far, compared with 8 percent for Kentucky. Of the brackets with the Huskies and Wildcats, 53.5 percent have Connecticut winning.

The leader in the game is one of the two people who picked all Final Four teams correctly. The bracket has VCU winning it all, defeating Kentucky in the championship game. Interestingly enough, the second perfect Final Four bracket is far from perfect elsewhere. That entry ranks 6,343th in Tournament Challenge.

Of the remaining teams, here's how many brackets had each winning it all or reaching the title game:
  • Connecticut: 4.7 percent (279,308) / 9.3 percent in title game
  • Kentucky: 1.8 percent (107,249) / 3.3 percent in title game
  • Butler: 0.07 percent (4,325) / 0.2 percent in title game
  • VCU: 0.02 percent (1,023) / 0.04 percent in title game
Potential title-game possibilities and number of brackets picking each scenario:
  • Butler vs. Connecticut: 881
  • Butler vs. Kentucky: 741
  • Connecticut vs. VCU: 152
  • Kentucky vs. VCU: 63
President Barack Obama's bracket:

The last of Obama's Final Four teams, Kansas (his national champion pick), was eliminated Sunday. The president will have no Final Four teams and finishes the tournament with 650 points. His bracket is ranked 305,047th overall (in the 94.9 percentile), although it will keep falling as the Final Four plays out.

Notable brackets:

Only Mike Golic has a team (Connecticut) that reached the Final Four, but he had the Huskies losing in the next round.

Tournament Challenge update: Five-way tie

March, 26, 2011
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Much to the surprise of most of us, Butler is back in the Final Four. Only 0.6 percent of the 5.9 million Tournament Challenge brackets (36,732) had confidence the Bulldogs could pull it off. Last year, 1.6 percent of the 4.8 million brackets picked Butler to reach the Final Four as a 5-seed.

Far more users (23.1 percent) picked Connecticut to reach the Final Four, the highest mark of any 3-seed. However, just 7,365 brackets (0.12%) got both games correct Saturday.

Looking ahead to Sunday, just 1,067 brackets have a chance of getting all Final Four teams correct, although there will be at least two brackets to hit all Final Four teams.

There's currently a five-way tie atop the leaderboard at 910 points. The co-leaders can be viewed here, here, here, here and here, even though that final entry actually missed Butler reaching the Final Four. That person actually has a chance at winning the entire contest without getting all Final Four teams correct.

Southeast Region
  • Of the Elite Eight teams, Florida entered Saturday's game as the fifth-most popular pick to win it all (1.3 percent of brackets.
  • Just 0.6 percent picked Butler to reach the Final Four this year. Last season, 1.6 percent of brackets had Butler in the Final Four as a 5-seed.
  • A total of 4,325 brackets have Butler winning it all.
West Region
  • Connecticut entered Saturday's action the second-most popular team (behind Kansas) to both reach the Final Four and win the championship.
  • All told, 23.1 percent of brackets successfully picked the Huskies to reach the Final Four, with 4.7 percent of those brackets picking them to win it all.
Sunday's games

Kansas-VCU
  • Of the teams remaining, Kansas is (not surprisingly) the most popular pick of the teams remaining to reach the Final Four (61.6 percent), the title game (49.0) and win the title (23.7).
  • Meanwhile, only 0.1 percent of brackets picked VCU to reach the Final Four, 0.04 percent in the title game and 0.02 percent (1,023 total) to win it all.
  • A total of 13,006 brackets (0.2 percent) had Kansas and VCU meeting in the regional final.
North Carolina-Kentucky
  • North Carolina is the third-most popular pick to reach the Final Four (16.2 percent), the title game (7.3) and win the title (4.0)
  • Kentucky is the fourth-most popular pick to reach the Final Four (8 percent), the title game (3.3) and win it all (1.8).
  • 7.9 percent of brackets (465,367) had North Carolina and Kentucky meeting in the regional final.
Potential Final Four fields and number of brackets picking each scenario:
  • Butler, Connecticut, Kansas, North Carolina: 645
  • Butler, Connecticut, Kansas, Kentucky: 414
  • Butler, Connecticut, VCU, North Carolina: 6
  • Butler, Connecticut, VCU, Kentucky: 2
Picks for national champion still in play:
  • Kansas: 23.7 percent
  • Connecticut: 4.7 percent
  • North Carolina: 4.0 percent
  • Kentucky: 1.8 percent
  • Butler: 0.1 percent
  • VCU: 0.02 percent
Title-game possibilities and number of brackets picking each scenario:
  • Connecticut vs. Kansas: 268,437 (4.5 percent of all brackets)
  • North Carolina vs. Kansas: 182,232 (3.1 percent)
  • Kentucky vs. Kansas: 79,176 (1.3 percent)
  • Butler vs. North Carolina: 1,044
  • Butler vs. Connecticut: 881
  • Butler vs. Kentucky: 741
  • Connecticut vs. VCU: 152
  • North Carolina vs. VCU: 125
  • Kentucky vs. VCU: 63
President Barack Obama's bracket:
  • President Obama missed both of Saturday's games. He predicted Connecticut to reach the Elite Eight but lose in this round to Duke, which was eliminated Thursday. He also had Florida losing in the Elite Eight, but to Pittsburgh instead of Butler. The only Final Four team he has left is Kansas, his pick to win the championship.
  • He still has 650 points, now in the 96.9th percentile of the game and ranked 183,470 overall.
Notable Brackets:

Tournament Challenge update: It's ugly

March, 26, 2011
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Kentucky's win over No. 1 overall seed Ohio State, as well as a victory by No. 11 seed VCU, means no bracket picked the entire Elite Eight and just 89 brackets (out of 5.9 million) got seven of eight right.

While 16 percent of entries did pick Kentucky to reach the Elite Eight, 78.6 percent had Ohio State making it that far and 25.9 percent had the Buckeyes winning it all -- the most popular pick in Tournament Challenge. The most popular pick to win it all now is Kansas, the champion on 23.7 percent of brackets.

In addition to the 89 people who got seven of eight correct, just 5,447 (0.09 percent) of brackets got six of eight correct. A total of 160,888 brackets had none of the Elite Eight correct. Altogether, 4.94 million brackets (83.4 percent) have three or fewer teams correct in the Elite Eight.

The current leader got seven of eight Elite Eight teams (missing only Butler). This bracket has North Carolina winning it all.

East Region
  • While 16 percent of brackets had Kentucky in the Elite Eight, 45.7 percent had UNC reaching that round. All told, 7.9 percent of brackets have a North Carolina-Kentucky matchup in the Elite Eight. Of those brackets, 57.3 percent picked the Tar Heels to win that game.
  • Ohio State was the most popular pick to win it all but was the second-most popular pick behind Kansas to reach the Elite Eight (78.6 percent), Final Four (59.5 percent) and championship game (39.2 percent).
Southwest Region
  • Kansas is the last No. 1 seed remaining. The Jayhawks were picked on 79.8 percent of brackets to reach the Elite Eight and on 61.6 percent to reach the Final Four.
  • Just 13,006 brackets (0.2 percent) had Kansas and Virginia Commonwealth meeting in the Elite Eight. Only 15.2 percent of those brackets (1,976) have VCU beating KU in that matchup.
The Elite Eight

Percentage of brackets picking each Elite Eight team to reach different levels of the tournament (percent in Final Four/in title game/winning it all):
  • Kansas: 61.6/49/23.7
  • Connecticut: 23.1/9.3/4.7
  • North Carolina: 16.2/7.3/4
  • Florida: 15.9/4.3/1.3
  • Kentucky: 8/3.3/1.8
  • Arizona: 1.4/0.5/0.2
  • Butler: 0.6/0.2/0.07 (4,325 total)
  • VCU: 0.1/0.04/0.02 (1,023 total)
Most popular title-game matchups still in play:
  • Connecticut vs. Kansas: 4.5 percent
  • North Carolina vs. Kansas: 3.1 percent
  • Kentucky vs. Kansas: 1.3 percent
  • North Carolina vs. Florida: 0.5 percent
  • Connecticut vs. Florida: 0.3 percent
Picks for national champion still in play:
  • Kansas: 23.7 percent
  • Connecticut: 4.7 percent
  • North Carolina: 4.0 percent
  • Kentucky: 1.8 percent
  • Florida: 1.3 percent
  • Arizona: 0.2 percent
  • Butler: 0.1 percent
  • VCU: 0.02 percent (1,023)
Most picked combination to reach the Final Four of the remaining teams:
  • North Carolina, Connecticut, Kansas, Florida: 22,013 brackets (0.4 percent)
  • Kentucky, Connecticut, Kansas, Florida: 11,246 brackets (0.2 percent)
  • There are no brackets that picked the combination of Arizona, Kentucky, VCU and Butler (the four lower-seeded teams remaining in each bracket) in the Final Four.
President Barack Obama's bracket:
  • Obama lost one of his national championship finalists when Ohio State fell to Kentucky. Overall, he went 2-2 on Friday. He has four of his Elite Eight teams left (North Carolina, Kansas, Connecticut, Florida) but just one Final Four team left (Kansas, his pick to win it all).
  • Despite losing three of his Final Four teams, he's still in the 99.7th percentile of the game, his 650 points ranking him 16,191st overall.
Notable Brackets:
  • President Obama: 650 points, 99.7 percentile
  • Colin Cowherd: 560 points, 86 percentile
  • Mike Golic: 500 points, 55 percentile
  • Snoop Dogg: 500 points, 55 percentile
  • Michael Wilbon: 480 points, 42.7 percentile
  • Mike Greenberg: 450 points, 26.4 percentile
  • Dick Vitale: 450 points, 26.4 percentile
  • Bill Simmons: 430 points, 17.8 percentile
  • Tony Kornheiser: 420 points, 14.4 percentile
  • Matthew Berry: 420 points, 14.4 percentile
  • Michelle Beadle: 350 points, 2.9 percentile
  • Henry Hasselbeck (Matt Hasselbeck's son): He correctly picked both Kansas and Kentucky (his national-title winner) to reach the Elite Eight but missed North Carolina and VCU (although he did pick VCU and Florida State to reach the Sweet 16). He has four of his Elite Eight teams remaining and has 690 points. He is now in 1,694th place after entering Friday's action ranked 662nd overall, still in the 100th percentile overall.

Tournament Challenge: Bracket-busting

March, 25, 2011
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Butler, and especially Arizona, busted plenty of brackets with their wins on Thursday. Out of 5.9 million entries, only 0.1 percent of brackets (7,638) picked both Butler and Arizona to reach the Elite Eight. (And just for kicks, 140 picked Butler and Arizona to reach the title game, with 82 picking Arizona to win it all.)

Overall, just 844 brackets got all four of Thursday's winners, with another 58,309 getting three of four correct. Meanwhile, 1.56 million got two of four, 2.99 million got one of four, and 1.31 million didn't get any winners Thursday night.

The current leader through the first half of the Sweet 16 games has 720 points, hitting all four games Thursday. That bracket also has Arizona winning it all.

West Region
  • Just 4 percent of brackets have Arizona reaching the Elite Eight, compared to 74.3 percent for Duke. In fact, the Blue Devils were the third-most popular pick to win it all (16 percent of all brackets; Duke was picked by 50.7 percent to reach the Final Four, third-best among the No. 1 seeds).
  • 1.9 percent of brackets (112,620) have Arizona and Connecticut meeting in the Elite Eight. But 70.8 percent of those picking that matchup have the Huskies in the Final Four.
  • 59.1 percent of brackets picked UConn to reach the Elite Eight, way more than the 33.4 percent that picked San Diego State to go that far, even though the Huskies were a 3-seed and the Aztecs a 2-seed.
  • Overall, 23.1 percent of brackets have UConn in the Final Four and 4.7 percent have the Huskies winning it all. Meanwhile, 1.4 percent pick Arizona to reach the Final Four and just 0.24 percent have the Wildcats as the champions.
Southeast Region
  • Only 1.9 percent of brackets had Butler in the Elite Eight. Of course, only 12.4 percent had Wisconsin going this far. Florida was picked for the Elite Eight by 41.3 percent.
  • Just 34,177 brackets (0.6 percent) had Butler and Florida meeting in the Elite Eight. Only 9,329 (27.2 percent of those brackets) have Butler beating Florida in that matchup.
  • 0.6 percent (36,732) of brackets have Butler in the Final Four and 4,325 brackets have the Bulldogs winning it all.
  • 15.9 percent of brackets have Florida in the Final Four and 1.3 percent have the Gators winning it all.
Obama's bracket
  • President Barack Obama lost another Final Four team when Duke fell to Arizona. He went 2-2 on Thursday and has five of his Elite Eight teams left (Ohio State, North Carolina, Kansas, Connecticut, Florida) along with his national championship game participants (Ohio State, Kansas), but his other two Final Four teams (Duke, Pittsburgh) are gone.
  • Thanks to all the upsets, he's still in the 99.8th percentile of the game, with 570 points ranking him 9,543rd overall.
Notable Brackets:
Most popular title game picks still in play:
  • Ohio State vs. Kansas: 20.4 percent
  • Connecticut vs. Kansas: 4.5 percent
  • North Carolina vs. Kansas: 3.1 percent
  • Ohio State vs. Florida: 1.6 percent
  • Kentucky vs. Kansas: 1.3 percent
  • North Carolina vs. Florida: 0.5 percent
  • Connecticut vs. Florida: 0.3 percent
Picks for national champion still in play:
  • Ohio State: 25.9 percent
  • Kansas: 23.7 percent
  • Connecticut: 4.7 percent
  • North Carolina: 4.0 percent
  • Kentucky: 1.8 percent
  • Florida: 1.3 percent
  • Arizona: 0.2 percent
  • Butler: 0.1 percent
  • Florida State: 0.1 percent
  • Marquette: 0.04 percent
  • Richmond: 0.02 percent (1,358)
  • VCU: 0.02 percent (1,023)

Updated Tournament Challenge numbers

March, 21, 2011
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Victories by 11-seeds Virginia Commonwealth (over Purdue) and Marquette (over Syracuse) and 10-seed Florida State (over Notre Dame) on Sunday really shook up the Tournament Challenge brackets.
  • There are no brackets with a perfect Sweet 16. The number was down to three after VCU's win, and those final three were done after Marquette beat Syracuse.
  • However, of 5.9 million brackets filled out, there is one bracket with 15 of the Sweet 16 intact, and there are 107 brackets with 14 of 16 correct. Perhaps not surprisingly, the one with 15 of 16 is tied for first place in Tournament Challenge. The only miss on that bracket was West Virginia. (The other bracket tied for first place went 31-1 in the first round, then missed the Florida State, VCU and Richmond games in the Southwest.)
  • How many brackets had VCU in the Sweet 16? That would be 2.4 percent. As for Marquette, 6.2 percent had faith in the Golden Eagles.
  • A whopping 0.4 percent (22,434 brackets) had Marquette and VCU in the Sweet 16. That percentage is reduced to 0.1 percent (5,652) when you add Florida State to the mix. And about half that number (2,753) correctly tabbed all four of the double-digit seeds in the Sweet 16 (Marquette, VCU, FSU, Richmond).
  • Two teams from the city of Richmond, Va., are in the regional semifinals. There were 25,308 brackets (0.4 percent) that nailed that. Wonder how many live within the Richmond city limits?
Notes on Florida State's upset of Notre Dame:
  • 5.6 percent of brackets had Florida State in the Sweet 16.
  • Notre Dame was the seventh-most-popular pick to win it all (3.5 percent) and fifth-most-popular to reach the title game (11.3 percent).
  • 18,950 brackets have the Florida State-VCU matchup.
  • 2,811 brackets correctly had all four teams coming out of the stunning Southwest bracket (Kansas, Florida State, VCU, Richmond).
  • How many got all four correct in the other regions? In the Southeast, 0.7 percent; in the West, 17.6 percent and in the East, 2.9 percent.
President Obama's bracket
  • The president went 5-3 again on Sunday (missing on VCU, Marquette and Florida State). He has 10 of his Sweet 16 teams alive, six of his Elite Eight (no Pitt or Purdue), three of his Final Four (Kansas, Duke, Ohio State) and both of his title game participants (Kansas, Ohio State).
  • Obama is in the 99.9th percentile of the game, and his 490 points rank him 7,549th overall.
Notable brackets
Most popular title game picks still in play
  • Ohio State vs. Kansas: 20.4 percent
  • Duke vs. Kansas: 13.7 percent
  • Connecticut vs. Kansas: 4.5 percent
  • North Carolina vs. Kansas: 3.1 percent
  • San Diego State vs. Kansas: 1.7 percent
  • Ohio State vs. Florida: 1.6 percent
Top picks for national champion still in play
  • Ohio State: 25.9 percent
  • Kansas: 23.7 percent
  • Duke: 16.0 percent
  • Connecticut: 4.7 percent
  • North Carolina: 4.0 percent
  • Kentucky: 1.8 percent
  • San Diego State: 1.8 percent
  • Florida: 1.3 percent

Updated: Tournament Challenge numbers

March, 20, 2011
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Butler's upset of No. 1 seed Pittsburgh created some ripples in Tournament Challenge. Here are some notable stats after Saturday's action:
  • Out of 5.9 million brackets, only 807 had all eight of Saturday's games correct. In addition, 36,593 brackets got 7 of 8 right, while 28,416 had zero games right.
  • None of the 19 brackets that went 31-1 in the first round were perfect on Saturday. However, two of those one-loss brackets from the first round lost just once on Saturday and are among the three brackets currently tied for the overall lead in the game (but one of the leaders lost a Final Four team in Kansas State).
  • Just 4.8 percent of Tournament Challenge brackets (284,956) had Butler reaching the Sweet 16. Two percent have Butler and Wisconsin facing off in the Sweet 16.
  • Overall, 31,208 brackets (0.5 percent) picked BOTH Butler and Richmond in the Sweet 16.
  • Users were least confident in Pittsburgh of the four No. 1 seeds winning it all, picked in 6.2 percent of brackets. But 91.5 percents of the brackets did have the Panthers reaching the Sweet 16 and 50.4 percent to the Final Four (all the lowest of the four No. 1 seeds).
  • President Barack Obama officially went 5-3 Saturday and is in the 99.8th percentile in the game. However, he lost his first Final Four team when Pittsburgh fell to Butler.
Notable Brackets:
President Obama: 390 points, 99.8 percentile
Colin Cowherd: 360 points, 94.0 percentile
Dick Vitale: 330 points, 73.3 percentile -- had Pittsburgh in title game
Mike Greenberg: 310 points, 50.5 percentile
Michael Wilbon: 300 points, 39.0 percentile
Mike Golic: 280 points, 20.2 percentile
Matthew Berry: 280 points, 20.2 percentile -- had Pittsburgh winning it all
Tony Kornheiser: 280 points, 20.2 percentile
Bill Simmons: 270 points, 13.7 percentile
Michelle Beadle: 230 points, 2.4 percentile

Tournament Challenge: No more perfection

March, 19, 2011
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Out of the 5.9 million brackets entered into this year's Tournament Challenge, there are exactly zero left that are perfect heading into the weekend. There were just two remaining after Illinois beat UNLV on Friday night, but both of those were done in once VCU routed Georgetown.

After the round of 64, there are 19 brackets that missed just one game (31-1) and 472 that missed just two games (30-2). Of those that missed just one game, 14 of them missed Morehead State's upset of Louisville.

As for President Barack Obama, he went 15-1 on Friday (only missing VCU over Georgetown) and finished the round of 64 at 29-3. His was among the 10,784 brackets to miss just three games, and the President's 290 points is in the 100th percentile and places him in a tie for 492nd overall.

A few other stats:

-- Only 16.1 percent of brackets picked 11-seed VCU to beat 6-seed Georgetown (users were not asked to pick the winner of Wednesday's VCU-USC game).
-- Conversely, 42.2 percent of brackets picked Marquette to beat Xavier (also an 11-seed over a 6-seed)
-- This weekend's biggest longshots to reach the Sweet 16 and what percentage of participants picked it:

Morehead State: 1.4 percent
Illinois: 1.9 percent
George Mason: 2.1 percent
VCU: 2.4 percent
Michigan: 2.4 percent
Butler: 4.8 percent
Richmond: 6.6 percent

Notable celebrity brackets:
President Obama: 290 points
Dick Vitale: 250 points
Colin Cowherd: 240 points
Michelle Beadle: 230 points
Mike Greenberg: 230 points
Matthew Berry: 220 points
Tony Kornheiser: 220 points
Snoop Dogg: 220 points
Michael Wilbon: 220 points
Mike Golic: 200 points
Bill Simmons: 190 points

So how many perfect brackets remain?

March, 18, 2011
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For bracket purposes, Thursday served as Day One of the NCAA tournament. So after 16 games, how many of the 5.9 million who are taking part in Tournament Challenge still have a perfect bracket?

That would be 317.

Another 16,958 went 15-1.

Here are the rest of the numbers after one day of Tournament Challenge:
  • Five brackets managed to go 0-for-16
  • 39 brackets went 1-for-16
  • Approximately 4 million out of 5.9 million brackets got 10, 11 or 12 out of 16.
  • Only 4.5 percent had Morehead State over Louisville. Of the 5.9 million, 76 percent had Louisville in the Sweet 16.
  • 38 percent had Richmond over Vanderbilt, which was the highest percentage to pick a 12-seed over a 5.
  • 34 percent of brackets had Gonzaga over St. John's.
  • There were 20,821 brackets that had each of the four "underdog" winners -- Morehead State, Gonzaga, Richmond and UCLA (which was a 57%-43% underdog according to our fans). Yet obviously only 317 of them went perfect in the other 12 games.
  • President Obama had a strong day, picking 14 of the 16 games correctly for a score of 140 points. He was one of 175,763 to go 14-for-16. That puts him in the 99.7 percentile. Click here to see the President's bracket.

Other notables scores:

Colin Cowherd - 130
Dick Vitale - 120
Snoop Dogg - 120
Michelle Beadle - 110
Mike Greenberg - 110
Matthew Berry - 110
Mike Golic - 90
Michael Wilbon - 90
Tony Kornheiser - 90
Bill Simmons - 70

Tournament Challenge: Who do you like?

March, 14, 2011
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In 2010, 4.8 millions brackets were filled out on ESPN.com's Tournament Challenge. As of midnight ET, we're already at 700,000 and counting.

Here are the early returns:

Picked to win the national title:

1. Ohio State (25 percent)
2. Kansas (21 percent)
3. Duke (15 percent)
4. Connecticut (6 percent)
Pittsburgh (6 percent)
6. Notre Dame (4 percent)
North Carolina (4 percent)
8. Syracuse (2 percent)

Most popular title-game matchups:

Ohio State versus Kansas (23 percent)
Duke versus Kansas (16 percent)
Ohio State versus Pittsburgh (9 percent)
Connecticut versus Kansas (8 percent)

To fill out a bracket and find out more information on the Tournament Challenge, click here.

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