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A split-stat breakdown of the 100,000 brackets submitted for our NCAA Tournament game.

<p> <span><span>A split-stat breakdown of the 100,000 brackets submitted for our NCAA Tournament game.</span></span></p>

Apparently, $1 million and a weeklong trip for two to Jamaica will attract attention like nothing this side of a Maserati and a bikini model.

With their eye on the prize(s), NCAA Tournament pick ‘em game participants submitted over 100,000 brackets for Athlon Sports’ Bracket Breakdown contest.

Here’s a split-stat rundown of who picked who this year:

National Champion
According to the numbers, it’s a three-team race to cut down the nets in Houston this year — with No. 1 seeds Ohio State, Kansas and Duke combining for 71.1 percent of the vote, while the field took 28.9 percent thanks to Pitt, UNC, Notre Dame, UConn and UK.

32.4 % - Ohio State (1)
21.8 % - Kansas (1)
16.9 % - Duke (1)
5.4 % - Pittsburgh (1)
4.1 % - North Carolina (2)
3.2 % - Notre Dame (2)
2.5 % - Connecticut (3)
2.4 % - Kentucky (4)
1.8 % - Florida (2)
1.3 % - Syracuse (3)

East Region
The Buckeyes bullied the East Region, while the always-popular Tar Heels received their fair share of the vote. The Orange and Big Blue split leftover piece of pie.

63.7 % - Ohio State (1)
16.5 % - North Carolina (2)
8.5 % - Syracuse (3)
8.2 % - Kentucky (4)

West Region
The only region where the No. 2 seed did not finish second in the voting. Did seeing current San Diego State and former Michigan coach Steve Fisher in the “Fab Five” documentary turn the tide? Or did only watching two Aztec games — most likely two losses to BYU — do the trick? No. It’s probably more pro-UConn than it is anti-SDSU. Watching Kemba Walker and Co. win five games in five days en route to the Big East Tournament title won over the crowd.

59.5 % - Duke (1)
17.6 % - Connecticut (3)
9.6 % - San Diego State (2)
8.3 % - Texas (4)

Southwest Region
Although Ohio State received more national champion votes, Kansas chalked up the highest percentage of Final Four berths in our brackets. Rick Pitino’s U of L squad also jumped over Purdue in a 4-3 flip.

64.3 % - Kansas (1)
17.3 % - Notre Dame (2)
7.2 % - Louisville (4)
6.4 % - Purdue (3)

Southeast Region
A one-two-three-four finish, with the second-seed Gators chomping nearly 20 percent of the numbers. Pitt is the top seed with the least confidence, barely getting half of the vote to advance from the region.

50.7 % - Pittsburgh (1)
18.9 % - Florida (2)
9.0 % - BYU (3)
6.2 % - Wisconsin (4)

Most Popular No. 1 Seed in Final Four
The Jayhawks and Buckeyes will either fast break to the Final Four or destroy brackets from coast-to-coast.

64.3 % - Kansas (1)
63.7 % - Ohio State (1)
59.5 % - Duke (1)
50.7 % - Pittsburgh (1)

Most Popular Double-Digit First-Round Upset
Despite a rough year from the Spartans, the people still have faith in Tom Izzo to lead MSU past UCLA in the first round — funny how making back-to-back Final Fours will inspire confidence. As expected, 7-10 games provided the most popular upset picks.

54.6 % - Michigan State (10) over UCLA (7)
48.2 % - Florida State (10) over Texas A&M (7)
46.9 % - Penn State (10) over Temple (7)
37.5 % - Missouri (11) over Cincinnati (6)
36.4 % - Gonzaga (11) over St. John's (6)
34.4 % - Marquette (11) over Xavier (6)
33.8 % - Georgia (10) over Washington (7)
31.5 % - Richmond (12) over Vanderbilt (5)
22.8 % - Utah State (12) over Kansas State (5)
19.5 % - Memphis (12) over Arizona (5)

 

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