Brackets Busted: Gonzaga, Yale, Arkansas-Little Rock Upend NCAA Tournament

Markis McDuffle, Kadeem Allen
The Associated Press

Did Yale cause your bracket to fail? Wichita State shock you? Arkansas-Little Rock your world?

ESPN reports that “just 14,525—or 0.1 percent—out of the approximately 13 million Tournament Challenge brackets were a perfect 16-for-16 on Thursday.” This compares favorably to last year, when a mere 273 filled in their brackets correctly for Day One, and unfavorably to 2014, when 18,471 did.

Yahoo Sports notes that only .00129 of the entries in its tourney challenge emerged from Day One unscathed. That amounts to 3,200 brackets. The site explains that just once in the 17-year history of readers filling in brackets has a prognosticator run the table on the first round.

John Pudner of Breitbart Sports did better than most on Day One, correctly pegging upsets by Yale, Providence, and Wichita State. He did not see Seton Hall falling to Gonzaga or Arkansas-Little Rock upsetting Purdue.

For both Yahoo and ESPN, more than 99.9 percent of entries submitted brackets that appear imperfect after just one day.

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