Many college basketball fans’ brackets were busted early in this year’s NCAA Tournament, and ESPN’s Bill Hofheimer tweeted out an interesting statistic. Of the more than 13 million people that filled out a bracket via ESPN’s Tournament Challenge, less than 0.1 percent predicted the correct Final Four of North Carolina, Syracuse, Oklahoma and Villanova.
— bill hofheimer (@bhofheimer_espn) March 28, 2016
This isn’t at all a surprise, for a couple of reasons. First is the obvious one in that nobody expected No. 2 Michigan State to fall to No. 15 Middle Tennessee in the first round. After making the Final Four last year and looking strong this season, most picked the Spartans to go deep into the tournament and, in some cases, win the championship outright.
Similarly, with how dominant Kansas was all season long, they too were surely picked by many to win it all.
Which brings the conversation to the real wild card here, Syracuse. The Orange earned a No. 10 seed and many questioned if they deserved a shot in the big dance at all, and now they’re in the Final Four. Thus, of the .009 percent of fans who predicted this exact Final Four for the NCAA Tournament, it’d certainly be interesting to see how many identify as Syracuse fans!
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