North Carolina Tar Heels: 2012 tournament challenge

Kentucky, UNC popular picks to win title

March, 15, 2012
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This year, there were 6.45 million brackets entered in Tournament Challenge. Last year, there were 5.9 million brackets entered in the game.

Here are some stats with some of the most popular user picks:

The most popular picks to win the championship:
Kentucky -- 35.1 percent
North Carolina -- 17.9 percent
Michigan State -- 7.5 percent
Missouri -- 7.2 percent
Kansas -- 6.2 percent
Syracuse -- 5.1 percent
Ohio State -- 4.8 percent
Duke -- 3.7 percent
Florida State -- 2.8 percent
Baylor -- 1.7 percent

Kentucky (52 percent) and North Carolina (40 percent) are the most popular picks to reach the title game, and 24.1 percent of brackets have those two meeting for the championship.

Most popular Final Four picks coming out of each region:

South
1. Kentucky -- 68.3 percent
2. Duke -- 12.9 percent

West
2. Missouri -- 40.8 percent
1. Michigan State -- 39.6 percent

East
2. Ohio State -- 34.4 percent
3. Florida State -- 26.3 percent
1. Syracuse -- 22.8 percent

Midwest
1. North Carolina -- 57 percent
2. Kansas -- 30.1 percent

President's Obama's bracket is here: A total of 7.6 percent of brackets have the same Final Four (Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio State, Missouri) as the president.

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