AUSTIN (KXAN) — March Madness is underway with 68 men’s and women’s college basketball teams making their way through the bracket to decide this year’s national champion.
It’s the best time of year for fans of hardcore and even casual college basketball. Millions of brackets were sent to pool with family, friends, co-workers, and (sometimes) random strangers. The winner of these pools will undoubtedly declare themselves a college basketball expert in their inner circle.
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Over 20 million brackets were submitted via ESPN’s challenge. ESPN also offered stats on which teams America picked to make it to each round.
While Houston and Alabama are the two favorites to tear down the Nets, the Texas Longhorns aren’t too far behind, according to ESPN brackets. 6.2% of ESPN picks Texas to win the national title.
The University of Alabama and Houston are the two favorites to win the national championship. The Crimson Tide is the most popular pick with nearly 20% of brackets expecting Alabama to win the national title.
Alabama crimson tide
Houston is close behind with 16% of brackets expecting the Cougars to win the championship.
More than half of brackets expect the 2021 national champion Baylor Bears to make it into the second weekend of the tournament, yet only 1% of brackets will see the Bears win the national championship.
TCU Horned Frogs
Most brackets see TCU lose in the second round. Sixth seed Horned Frogs picked to win the national championship in 0.3% of pools
Groups picking Texas A&M to go the distance in the tournament are likely already eliminated. The Aggies lost to Penn State in the first round on Thursday night, shutting down a potential matchup between Texas and Texas A&M in Saturday’s second round.