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Tournament Challenge: New record set for number of brackets submitted

We've set a new record for ESPN’s Tournament Challenge, besting the 13 million brackets created last year. Here are the updated numbers as of 8:45 p.m. ET on Wednesday night. There will be another update tomorrow at noon ET as the first game tips off.

Unique Users to Date: 5,547,770

Number of Entries: 14,647,144

Number of Brackets: 13,333,343

Number of Entries with Incomplete Brackets: 1,313,801 (8.97%)

Average Brackets Per User: 2.40

The national title favorite based on bracket selections is North Carolina with 14.90 percent. Here are the other No. 1 seeds.

  • Villanova: 13.10 percent

  • Kansas: 11.40 percent

  • Gonzaga: 8.42 percent

Duke, the No. 2 seed in the East region, is the No. 3 most popular pick right now at 12.23 percent to win the national championship.

The most popular Final Four combination is No. 2 Arizona (38.40 percent believe it will get that far), No. 1 Villanova (41.34 percent), No. 1 Kansas (49.77 percent) and No. 1 North Carolina (42.69 percent).

The closest first-round matchup is Vanderbilt (50.19 percent) over No. 8 Northwestern (49.81 percent)

Lower-seeded teams that America believes will win their first matchup:

  • No. 9 Seton Hall (50.46 percent) over No. 8 Arkansas (49.54 percent)

  • No. 9 Vanderbilt (50.19 percent) over No. 8 Northwestern (49.81 percent)

  • No. 10 Wichita State (65.43 percent) over No. 7 Dayton (34.57 percent)

  • No. 10 Marquette (55.79 percent) over No. 7 South Carolina (44.21 percent)

Which teams could be Cinderella stories? Here are some lower-seeded teams making the Sweet 16 in at least 10 percent of brackets:

  • No. 10 Wichita State (13.37 percent)

  • No. 11 Xavier (15.24 percent)

  • No. 11 Rhode Island (10.60 percent)

  • No. 12 Middle Tennessee State (14.18 percent)