Out of about 4.8 million people who filled out brackets online at espn.com, only 200 people correctly guessed the Final Four.
Only 200 people.
That is 0.0046% of people were right. Crazy.
And not one person has a perfect bracket.
Duke is the only #1 seed left in the tournament. This is the first time they have made it to the Final Four since 2004: it is also the 15th time they made it this far and the 11th appearance under Coach K (only UCLA and UNC have had more trips).
But it was not an easy ride, especially after Sunday’s game against Baylor.
Baylor kept the blue devils on their toes as they went on a 10-3 run in the first half. Baylor, who had 28 wins all season, played a great game. They tied it up against Duke a few times, but couldn’t hold onto the lead as Duke turned 23 rebounds into points and made 15 out of 18 of the games last points.
But give Baylor credit; they held Jon Scheyer pointless all game: not an easy accomplishment from this normally high scoring Blue Devil.
This is also the first appearance in the Final Four in 51 years for Dub V. Coach Bob Huggins coaches smart basketball. They don’t rush and don’t seem to get phased when their opponents take the lead. The mostly junior and senior cast on this team understand how to end the game in their favor.
The two teams that knocked out many people’s brackets are the other two teams to make it this far. The two #5 teams, Michigan State and Butler have been interesting to watch.
Michigan State somehow manages to sneak into the tournament it seems. They impressively have had six appearances in 12 seasons; how many people expected them to make it this far again?
Mich St. also has made it far without their point guard Kalin Lucas, who tour his Achilles’ tendon in the second-round against Maryland, but the team has pushed through and torn up the court against Maryland, N. Iowa who took out #1 Kansas and beat out Ohio State.
And Butler is the Cinderella story team of the year, and considering this team plays in the same arena as the team in the movie “Hoosiers”, a lot of attention has been put on the team that is six miles away from the arena they are about to play Mich. State.
As I mentioned in my last post, this team has shown a lot to fear and this team will be playing in their home city.
Again, the last team that had that happen was UCLA in 1972–when UCLA also won the whole tournament.
What are some of your predictions for these last few teams? If you could start a new bet with just these four teams, who would you pick?
I might add another contest if people seem interested since this years brackets were so whacked out.