ESPN Tournament Bracket Challenege sees 13 million submissions

The hype surrounding the NCAA Tournament continues to grow, and ESPN is reaping the benefits of it.

According to a press release sent out shortly after the tip of the tournament’s opening game between Duke and North Carolina-Wilmington, fans submitted 13 million brackets to the network’s online Tournament Challenge.

The amount surpassed the record of 11.6 million brackets submitted in 2015.

Kansas, Michigan State, North Carolina and Oklahoma were the most popular Final Four selections by fans. Kansas was picked to win the whole thing more than any other team in the tournament. Other interesting stats surrounding this year’s bracket include the fact that the matchup between No. 7 Dayton and No. 10 Syracuse is the closest matchup of any first-round contest, and the most common upset selected is No. 9 UConn beating No. 8 Colorado. That matchup saw a 71.2 percent selection of the Huskies.

Kentucky, a four seed in the tournament this year, was also selected to win the championship more often than Virginia or Oregon, both of which are one seeds.

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