Tournament Challenge: Villanova, picked in 2.56 percent of brackets to win it all, finishes on top

Williams: 'This is one of the most miraculous tournament games I've ever seen' (2:24)

Jay Williams breaks down how Villanova's defense shut down North Carolina's ability to succeed down low and scrap together to win with a 3-pointer at the buzzer. (2:24)

It came down to the final second, but the Villanova Wildcats won the national championship in a thriller over the North Carolina Tar Heels 77-74 on Monday night.

How did this impact the Tournament Challenge?

  • Villanova was picked to make it to the final in 6.5 percent of brackets, well behind North Carolina, picked to advance to the championship game in 26 percent of brackets.

  • Villanova was champion in only 2.56 percent of brackets -- the eighth-most popular champ out of the entire field and third-most popular titlist among No. 2 seeds. North Carolina was the third-most popular pick to hoist the trophy.

  • 1.6 percent of brackets correctly predicted this exact final matchup, and of those, 31.86 percent picked the Wildcats to emerge victorious.

  • More users selected No. 16 Hampton to advance out of the first round than selected Villanova to win it all.

Celebrity brackets

  • Scott Van Pelt finished first in the celebrity bracket group, and in the 96th percentile overall. He had UNC in the title game, but not winning it all.

  • No celebrity in the featured group picked the correct champion.

  • ESPN’s Kate Fagan, Ric Flair and Charlotte from WWE, Mike Greenberg of Mike and Mike and Shaq Thompson of the Carolina Panthers finished behind Van Pelt in the top five.

  • President Barack Obama finished in the 78th percentile, as he selected Kansas to win it all over UNC.

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