Tournament Challenge: Thursday leaves just 0.1 percent of brackets perfect

Bilas: No more parity in this year's NCAA tourney than years before (2:01)

Jay Bilas joins Mike & Mike to explain why there is no greater parity in the NCAA tournament this year than the years before and to stress that the upsets in the first round do not necessarily mean parity among the "little guys" and the top-25 teams. (2:01)

After a wild first day of the 2016 NCAA tournament, just 14,525 -- or 0.1 percent -- out of the approximately 13 million Tournament Challenge brackets were a perfect 16-for-16 on Thursday. In comparison to previous years:

  • 2015: 273 out of 11.57 million were a perfect 16-for-16 on the first Thursday (0.002 percent).

  • 2014: 18,471 out of approximately 11 million were a perfect 16-for-16 on the first Thursday (0.2 percent).

Another 182,678 brackets went 15-for-16 on Thursday. On the other end of the spectrum, seven brackets laid an egg, going 0-for-16.

The twin upsets by 12-seeds Yale and Arkansas-Little Rock over Baylor and Purdue, respectively, really shook up the field. Plus, a pair of upsets by 11-seeds -- Gonzaga over Seton Hall and Wichita State over Arizona -- heightened the bracket-busting madness. Overall, the better seeds went 9-7 on Thursday.

President Obama's bracket

He correctly picked all three of the 9-seed upsets, though he missed on the two 11-seed upsets and the two 12-seed upsets. Overall, he was 12-for-16.

Fun facts

  • Conferences off to fast, slow starts: The ACC went 4-0 while the Pac-12 went 1-3 (all losses were upsets seed-wise).

  • States with multiple teams in action Thursday: Connecticut teams (UConn, Yale) went 2-0; Kansas teams (KU, Wichita State) went 2-0; North Carolina teams (UNC, Duke, UNC-Wilmington) went 2-1, with Duke and Wilmington playing each other; Indiana teams (Indiana, Butler, Purdue) went 2-1; Virginia teams (UVa, Hampton) went 1-1 as they played each other; Florida teams (Miami, Florida Gulf Coast) went 1-1; California teams (USC, Fresno State) went 0-2; Texas teams (Baylor, Texas Tech) went 0-2; Tennessee teams (Chattanooga, Austin Peay) went 0-2; New York teams (Buffalo, Iona, Stony Brook) went 0-3.

Looking ahead to Friday's games

With the 12-, 11- and 9-seeds coming out strong Thursday (seven wins), here’s how their fellow seeds are positioned for Friday:

  • 12-seed South Dakota State takes on 5-seed Maryland (South Dakota State picked in 15 percent of brackets).

  • 11-seed Northern Iowa takes on 6-seed Texas (32.4 percent of brackets are taking Northern Iowa); 11-seed Michigan takes on 6-seed Notre Dame (UM getting 24 percent of the picks).

  • The last remaining 9-seed, Cincinnati, takes on 8-seed Saint Joe’s (53.7 percent are taking the Bearcats). The last time the No. 9 seeds won more than two meetings versus No. 8 seeds in a single tournament was in 2007; on Friday, they go for a 4-0 sweep.

  • The second- and fourth-most popular picks to win it all (Michigan State and Oklahoma, respectively) play their round-of-64 games.