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Tournament Challenge: Virginia is still the one

After 24 hours, here are some intriguing nuggets regarding Tournament Challenge picks, and how they’ve changed since Sunday night (number in parentheses is from Sunday night):

-- Virginia remains the most popular pick to win the national title, though they have leveled off at 24.4 percent (down from 35.4 percent Sunday night)

Other No. 1 seeds:

Villanova -- 13.6 percent (8.5 percent)

Kansas -- 8.0 percent (5.8 percent)

Xavier -- 3.1 percent (2.1 percent)

-- America believes the following teams have a better shot of winning the national title than No. 1 seed Xavier (3.1 percent):

No. 2 Duke -- 9.5 percent (6.8 percent)

No. 3 Michigan State -- 7.4 percent (4.4 percent)

No. 2 North Carolina -- 6.9 percent (4.9 percent)

No. 4 Arizona -- 4.1 percent (2.7 percent)

No. 3 Michigan -- 3.4 percent (2.4 percent)

-- Only 7.3 percent of brackets have No. 1 seed Xavier reaching the championship game, up slightly from 5.0 percent Sunday night.

The other No. 1s:

Virginia -- 39.5 percent (45.8 percent)

Villanova -- 32.1 percent (39.4 percent)

Kansas -- 15.6 percent (11.5 percent)

-- No. 12 seeds typically are a popular upset pick to beat a No. 5 seed. This year, 24.3 percent (15.3 percent) have picked No. 12 New Mexico State over No. 5 Clemson, and 20.1 percent (13.5 percent) have No. 12 South Dakota State beating No. 5 Ohio State.

-- No. 12 New Mexico State is picked to make the Sweet 16 in 8.6 percent of brackets, more than all four No. 7 seeds (Arkansas, Nevada, Rhode Island and Texas A&M).

-- The public is siding with the “underdog” in a pair of 8-9 seed battles: 51.7 percent (36.5 percent) have No. 9 NC State beating No. 8 Seton Hall, and 50.2 percent (37.6 percent) of entries have No. 9 Alabama taking down No. 8 Virginia Tech.

-- The most popular national title game combination remains No. 1 Virginia versus No. 1 Villanova, though far fewer are predicting this tilt than on Sunday; 16.5 percent (30.7 percent) of brackets now have this matchup.

-- A pair of No. 10 seeds continue to get love. No. 10 Butler is picked to reach the Sweet 16 in 11.0 percent (7.7 percent) of brackets and the Elite Eight in 3.9 percent (3.4 percent) of brackets, and No. 10 Texas is at 11.4 percent (8.9 percent) for the Sweet 16 and 3.9 percent (3.1 percent) for the Elite Eight.

-- Is this the year a No. 16 beats a No. 1? More people are buying into No. 16 Penn (vs. No. 1 Kansas) -- 3.6 percent (1.9 percent) -- making it to the second round than No. 15s Iona (3.2 percent), Lipscomb (3.3 percent) and Cal State Fullerton (1.5 percent).

-- Top 10 largest groups (in order): ESPN’s SportsCenter, TC Challenge ESPN, ESPN Streak, Dick Vitale’s Group, Fans of Duke, Migos’ Group, ESPN’s SportsNation, Fans of North Carolina, Fans of Michigan, ESPN’s First Take.