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Despite no Cinderella, few people predicted Final Four

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

So your bracket was ruined this weekend? Don't worry, you weren't alone.

Despite no team lower than a No. 4 seed reaching the Final Four, only one of the four teams was picked by the majority of the country. Even more interesting, only one of the four teams remaining was picked by more than 5.5 percent of the brackets to win the national championship. Kentucky was the favorite heading into the tournament, and the brackets reflect that sentiment. The Wildcats are the lone No. 1 seed to reach the Final Four -- and could be many people's final hope of having a successful bracket.

Of the 5,136,592 brackets filled out on CBSSports.com, 17,979 (0.350%) had a perfect Final 4 of Kentucky, Louisville, Kansas, and Ohio State.

Of those 17,979 with a perfect Final 4, here is the breakdown of predicted winners:

  • Kentucky will win: 10,506 (58% of total perfect Final 4 brackets)
  • Kansas will win: 3,324 (18% of total perfect Final 4 brackets)
  • Ohio State will win: 3,024 (17% of total perfect Final 4 brackets)
  • Louisville will win:: 1,125 (6% of total perfect Final 4 brackets)

Of those 5,136,592 total brackets filled out on CBSSports.com, here are how many predicted each team to reach the Final 4:

  • Kentucky will make the Final 4: 4,053,119 brackets (78.9068% of total brackets filled out)
  • Ohio State will make the Final 4: 1,892,459 brackets (36.8427% of total brackets filled out)
  • Kansas will make the Final 4: 1,502,289 brackets (29.2468% of total brackets filled out)
  • Louisville will make the Final 4: 282,606 brackets (5.5018% of total brackets filled out)

Of those 5,136,592 total brackets filled out on CBSSports.com, here are how many predicted each team to win the championship:

  • Kentucky will win championship: 2,222,319 brackets (43.2645% of total brackets filled out)
  • Kansas will win championship: 279,336 brackets (5.4382% of total brackets filled out)
  • Ohio State will win championship: 221,259 brackets (4.3075% of total brackets filled out)
  • Louisville will win championship: 25,185 brackets (0.4903% of total brackets filled out)
 
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