I don’t want to talk about my bracket. My alma mater, Indiana, went into the tank after coach Kelvin Sampson was forced to resign over his alleged telephone improprieties. The Hoosiers fell to Arkansas in their first-round game Friday.
ESPN.com did an analysis of the 3.86 million brackets that were submitted in its 13th annual Men’s Tournament Challenge. Some of the findings.
— 2 picked all 16 of the Sweet 16 teams correctly;
— 4,621 picked Davidson, Villanova, and Western Kentucky to advance to the Sweet 16;
— 72 picked 15 of the 16 Sweet 16 teams correctly;
— 294,060 picked Davidson to defeat Georgetown in the Second Round;
— 640,180 had picked Xavier to defeat Duke in the Sweet Sixteen;
— 544,753 incorrectly picked Butler to defeat Tennessee in the Second Round;
— 1,950,119 incorrectly picked Connecticut to advance to the Sweet Sixteen;
— 189,492 have picked Xavier to defeat West Virginia in the Sweet Sixteen;
— 25,331 have picked Villanova to defeat Kansas in the Sweet Sixteen;
— 159,423 have picked Michigan State to defeat Memphis in the Sweet Sixteen;
— 420,746 have picked Texas to advance to the Championship Game;
— 4,703 have picked Davidson to advance to the Championship Game;
— 50 picked Davidson to defeat Western Kentucky in the Championship Game;
— 3,159 have picked Villanova to advance to the Championship Game;
— 1,548 picked Western Kentucky to advance to the Championship Game;
— 64,813 have picked Washington State to defeat North Carolina in the Sweet Sixteen;
— 233 have picked Davidson to defeat UCLA in the Championship Game;
— 16 have picked Western Kentucky to defeat Villanova in the Championship Game.
The Men’s Tournament Challenge “National Bracket” – reflecting the percentage of people picking each match-up throughout the Men’s Tournament – showed that more fans picked North Carolina, Kansas, Memphis and UCLA to reach the Final Four than any other teams. In those predicted games (North Carolina vs. Kansas,
Memphis vs. UCLA):
— North Carolina was picked to defeat ansas 67.7% of the time;
— UCLA was picked to defeat emphis 61.8% of the time;
— Fans picked North Carolina to defeat UCLA in the national championship game 64.4% of the time.
Hoops resume Thursday: KWTV NEWS 9 will air Washington State vs. North Carolina at 6:27 p.m. and Louisville vs. Tennessee at 8:57 p.m. On Friday, it will be Big 12 doubleheader with Texas vs. Stanford at 6:27 p.m. and Kansas vs. Villanova at 8:40 p.m.