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ESPN Tournament Challenge: UMBC Win Eliminates Final Perfect Brackets

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At the end of the Round of 64 in the Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament, there are no perfect brackets remaining among the 17.3 million total brackets entered in the ESPN Men’s Tournament Challenge game. No. 16 UMBC’s historic upset of overall No. 1 seed Virginia eliminated the final 24 perfect brackets remaining to that point.

Other highlights from the Men’s Tournament Challenge “People’s Bracket”:

  • Of the 17.3 million brackets, only four correctly predicted 31 of 32 games.
  • All 17.3 million brackets entered predicted at least two games correctly.
  • Percent of brackets picking overall No. 1 Virginia to advance to:

Round 2 – 96.7 percent
Sweet 16 – 89.7 percent*
Elite 8 – 58.7 percent
Final 4 – 48.2 percent
Title Game – 32.9 percent*
Championship – 18.5 percent*
(*Highest percentage among all 17.3 million brackets.)

  • Of the 17.3 million Tournament Challenge brackets, only 3.35 percent (579,666) picked UMBC to beat Virginia.
  • With Virginia eliminated, teams picked most to win the title:

Villanova (16.3%)
Duke (9.8%)
Michigan St. (8.6%)
Kansas (7.9%)
North Carolina (6.9%)

  • Percentage who correctly picked each game:

No. 16 UMBC (3.35 percent***see above) over No. 1 Virginia
No. 11 Syracuse (29.1 percent) over No. 6 TCU
No. 9 Florida St. (46.7 percent) over No. 8 Missouri
No. 5 Clemson (71.4 percent) over No. 12 New Mexico St.
No. 4 Auburn (87 percent) over No. 13 Charleston
No. 9 Kansas St. (43.5 percent) over No. 8 Creighton
No. 3 Michigan St. (93.9 percent) over Bucknell
No. 1 Xavier (96.7 percent) over Texas Southern
No. 7 Nevada (46.2 percent) over No. 10 Texas
No. 5 West Virginia (82.6 percent) over No. 12 Murray St.
No. 10 Butler (58.0 percent) over No. 7 Arkansas
No. 2 UNC (95.9 percent) over No. 15 Lipscomb
No. 2 Cincinnati (92.9 percent) over No. 15 Georgia St.
No. 13 Marshall (13.5 percent) over No. 4 Wichita St.
No. 2 Purdue (95.7 percent) over No. 15 CS Fullerton
No. 7 Texas A&M (50.8 percent) over No. 10 Providence

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