We’ve got the early picks in, and you can see how the over 70,000 entries so far have make their picks in the quest for a perfect bracket.
It’s a lot, and we do mean a lot, of favorites. Right now all the better-seeded teams in the first round are going through except one: Georgia Tech is getting 52.27% of the vote as a No. 9 seed over No. 8 Loyola-Chicago. No. 1 Michigan has the highest percentage of votes for a first round win, with 99.5% of entrants taking them over Mount St. Mary’s or Texas Southern.
As for who will cut down the nets overall? Gonzaga is the 2021 national champion in 43.26% of brackets right now, followed by Illinois at 18.14%. It shows how big a favorite the Zags are this year to win it all, and the ease of their bracket draw certainly makes the path a lot less taxing. The other two one seeds are the only other choices with more than 3% consideration, as Michigan has 10.26% with Baylor at 8.12%.
Meanwhile, a big shoutout to the 0.004% of you that each have Drexel, UNC-Greensboro, Morehead State, or the winner of the Appalachian State/Norfolk State game as the next national champions of college basketball. You’ve got ... guts? I guess?
Here are the picks so far if the majority of contestant answers was used to fill out the entire bracket.