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Adam Hermann | NCAA.com | March 15, 2018

7,370 people picked each 16-seed to reach the Final Four

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With the millions of picks locked in and analyzed, we've found the boldest bracket-builders out there: 7,370 brackets selected all four No. 16-seeds to reach the Final Four in this year's NCAA tournament.

Yep. 7,370.

This would, of course, require each of this year's 16-seeds to do something no 16-seed has ever done before: win a game. And then, you know, three more each. Suffice to say this isn't very likely, but it would certainly fit into March Madness.

Is there a chance just one 16-seed runs to the Final Four in San Antonio? If public opinion means anything, the best bet seems to be Ivy League champion and Midwest 16-seed Penn, which 2.79 percent of brackets selected to advance past its first-round matchup against 1-seed Kansas.

Matchup 16-seed % Picked
Kansas vs. Penn Penn 2.79%
Virginia vs. UMBC UMBC 1.90%
Xavier vs. Texas Southern Texas Southern 1.82%
Villanova vs. Radford Radford 1.44%

The first 1-seed vs. 16-seed matchup is that Penn vs. Kansas showdown, Thursday at 2:00 on TBS. Until then, these brackets are just as perfect as any.

NCAA Digital’s Dan Jepperson and Mike Szahaj contributed to the reporting of this article.

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