New Record 8.15 Million Brackets in ESPN.com’s Men’s Tournament Challenge Game

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New Record 8.15 Million Brackets in ESPN.com’s Men’s Tournament Challenge Game

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“National Bracket” Picks Louisville, Ohio State, Kansas and Indiana in Final Four, Louisville to Win

Fans submitted a record of nearly 8.15 million brackets to ESPN.com’s annual Men’s Tournament Challenge presented by Allstate, Acura and Taco Bell, surpassing last year’s record of nearly 6.45 million brackets by 26.3 percent.  At the peak period, fans registered 8,123 brackets per minute (135 brackets per second).

The Women’s Tournament Challenge will be accepting entries until the morning of Saturday, March 23.  President Barack Obama fills out his Women’s Tournament bracket in an exclusive ESPN interview with Andy Katz tomorrow during the 9 a.m. ET hour of SportsCenter.

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 Louisville, Ohio State, Kansas and Indiana to reach the Final Four than any other teams.  In those predictions:

  • #2 Ohio State was picked to advance to the Final Four 62 percent of time (vs. #1 Gonzaga at 38 percent);
  • Louisville was picked to defeat Ohio State 73.9 percent of the time;
  • Indiana was picked to defeat Kansas 67.8 percent of the time;
  • 55 percent of brackets chose Louisville to win the national championship.

An analysis of Second Round picks by the 8.15 million brackets finds:

  • 55.6 percent of brackets picked #7 Creighton to defeat #10 Cincinnati;
  • 64.8 percent of brackets picked #9 Missouri to defeat #8 Colorado State;
  • 41.7 percent of brackets picked #12 Oregon to upset #5 Oklahoma State;
  • 48.4 percent of brackets picked #11 Minnesota to upset #6 UCLA.

A full round-by-round breakdown of picks can be found under “Who Picked Whom” on ESPN.com, listing the percentage of participants who selected each team to win in each respective round.  Fans will also be able to follow all their brackets via Bracketcast, a new tool for Tournament Challenge on ESPN.com that tracks all brackets in one single place.  Located at the bottom of each bracket page, Bracketcast delivers the latest scores and total points in real time throughout the tournament.

At the end of the Tournament, all Men’s Tournament Challenge entries that finish in the top 1% are entered in a random drawing for the $10,000 Best Buy Gift Card prize.  In the Women’s Tournament Challenge, entries that finish in the top 1% are entered in a random drawing for a $5,000 Best Buy Gift Card.  Entries for the Men’s Tournament Challenge game will be accepted until just prior to the tip-off of the Tournament’s first game on Thursday, March 21.  The Women’s Tournament Challenge will accept registration until just prior to tip-off of the first game on Saturday, March 23.

2013 NCAA Basketball Tournament on ESPN Digital Platforms

ESPN.com will have complete round-by-round coverage of the tournament from its line-up of experts and analysts including Eamonn Brennan, Andy Katz, Jason King, Joe Lunardi, Myron Medcalf, Ted Miller, Dana O’Neil, Robbi Pickeral, Rick Reilly, Mike Rothstein and Carter Strickland.  From Selection Sunday through the Final Four, ESPN.com will deliver features, analysis, commentary and more on the teams, players and coaches in the tournament.  Additionally, ESPN.com’s Basketball Power Index (BPI) will be available for fans to reference the latest power rankings by team to assist in their bracket picks.

Additionally, fans won’t be far from checking their brackets while on the go with the 2013 updated ESPN Bracket Bound app, now available on the App Store and Google Play.  The free-to-down app features full access to Tournament Challenge brackets and new personalized “My Teams” and “My Games” sections displaying scores and schedules of favorite teams.  Additionally, the app will once again include video analysis from ESPN’s college basketball experts and analysts, bracketology, exclusive clips, top stories, game previews, recaps, analysis and highlights.

ESPN Mobile will also carry complete coverage from writers and analysts, keeping fans up to date on the latest news and highlights on mobile devices via a special section on the ESPN mobile Web.  Additionally, fans can sign up for ESPN Alerts to receive real-time information on the game (scores, starts, etc.), breaking news, upsets and more.

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Kristie Adler

Kristie is Director of Communications. She graduated from Penn State University and is based in New York City.
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