We are through the first round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament. How is your bracket looking?
If you managed to go an impressive 32-0, congratulations, you’re in good (and small) company. According to ESPN, only 164 people have a perfect bracket through the first round of the Big Dance.
That’s right, only 164 out of 18.8 million entries. That’s a huge step down from 154,283 perfect brackets after Thursday’s games.
18.8 million brackets submitted.
164 are perfect after Round 1.
— ESPN Fantasy Sports (@ESPNFantasy) March 18, 2017
ESPN isn’t the only site to host a bracket challenge –CBS Sports and Yahoo do popular ones as well–but The Worldwide Leader runs the largest one each year.
Overall, this was a very “chalky” first round. No teams seeded 13th or lower advanced to the second round for the first time in a decade.
If UCLA and Kentucky hold on, there will be no teams seeded 13th or worse in the second round. The last time that happened was 2007.
— Jeff Eisenberg (@JeffEisenberg) March 18, 2017
Additionally, 12th-seeded Middle Tennessee and 10th-seeded Wichita State took down higher-seeded foes, but entered each game as the favorite.
Will things get wild and woolly starting tomorrow? We’ll find out in a few hours.