Greg Rosenstein, ESPN Staff Writer 643d

Tournament Challenge: Few broken brackets after first set of games

With the first four games of the 2017 NCAA tournament in the books, here’s a quick update on how the results impacted ESPN's Tournament Challenge. The higher seed has won in all of the games so far, so brackets have not been broken -- yet. Of the 18,797,085 total brackets, 11,125,450 remain perfect.

Here's a Tournament Challenge breakdown after the first four games:

No. 5 Notre Dame defeats No. 12 Princeton

  • 80 percent of brackets had the Fighting Irish advancing past the Tigers

  • 43 percent of brackets have Notre Dame reaching the Sweet 16

No 5 Virginia defeats No. 12 UNC-Wilmington

  • This was an intriguing upset pick, as 23 percent of brackets had UNC-Wilmington

  • 77 percent of brackets had Virginia winning this first-round matchup

  • 41 percent of brackets have the Cavaliers advancing to the Sweet 16

No. 4 Butler defeats No. 13 Winthrop

  • Butler was a heavy favorite in this matchup, garnering 89 percent of bracket picks

  • 62 percent of brackets have Butler advancing to the Sweet 16

No. 1 Gonzaga defeats No. 16 South Dakota State

  • Gonzaga was a heavy favorite with 95 percent of the bracket picks in the first round

  • The Bulldogs advance to the Sweet 16 in 86 percent of brackets

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