NCAA Title

Most popular NCAA tournament basketball bracket picks

The ebTalk Benefit Pool is back and we have over 600 brackets in yet again. Whether you choose all favorites, all upsets, let your kid fill it out, clicked random teams names or whatever, you’re reading this because you’re interested in the most popular bracket picks in this year’s pool:

Favorites to win it all!

The most popular team picked to win the national title remains the No. 1 seed Connectictut Huskies at 31%.

Other No. 1 seeds and the percentage of brackets picking them as the champion:

• Houston – 22%

• Purdue – 10%

• North Carolina – 9%

2-seeds and beyond as title winners:

The second-seeded Arizona (6%), Iowa State (5%), Kentucky (3%), Tennessee (3%).

The classic upset: No. 12 versus No. 5 seed

No. 12 seeds are typically popular upset picks to beat a No. 5 seed in the first round. James Madison is the most popular choice among 12-seeds, with 42% picking them to oust the fifth-seeded Wisconsin Badgers. In other 12-versus-5 matchups, 38% of brackets picked the Grand Canyon to beat Saint Mary’s. 32% have UAB to defeat San Diego St. And rounding out the twelve seeds, 26% of the pool believes McNeese St has what it takes to upset Gonzaga.

You can review the Summary of Picks here.

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