1,584 NCAA brackets picked Loyola Chicago to win the 2018 national title
By now, you've heard how Loyola Chicago team chaplain Sister Jean Dolores-Schmidt filled out two brackets – one with Loyola Chicago losing in the Sweet 16 and one with the Ramblers winning the national championship. But how many others had the confidence to pick America's favorite Cinderella to win the title?
Sister Jean wasn't alone. Out of the millions of NCAA brackets filled out in the Bracket Challenge Game, there are 1,584 brackets that selected Loyola Chicago to win the championship.
Of the 64 teams alive in the NCAA tournament after the First Four, Loyola Chicago was the 37th most popular championship pick. More people predicted the Ramblers to cut down the nets than No. 6 seed TCU, No. 7 seed Texas A&M, and No. 7 seed Nevada.
Loyola Chicago will face No. 3 seed Michigan in the Final Four. The Wolverines were picked to win the national championship in 62,966 brackets – nearly 40 times more than Loyola Chicago.