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Tournament Challenge: Eight games in, 5 percent of brackets still perfect

Here are some quick takeaways from the pair of late-afternoon contests:

• After eight games, 888,189 (5 percent) of our 17.3 million brackets remain perfect.

• The battle between 8-9 seeds Seton Hall and NC State wasn’t an upset, but more people actually picked the lower-seeded No. 9 Wolfpack (52 percent) over the No. 8 Pirates.

• Seton Hall will face No. 1 Kansas next. Some 46 percent of brackets predicted that matchup, but only 4 percent picked the Pirates to upset the Jayhawks.

• After beating No. 12 South Dakota State, No. 5 Ohio State will face No. 4 Gonzaga on Saturday. That matchup was predicted in 71 percent of brackets, with 80 percent favoring the Zags to take down the Buckeyes on their way to the Sweet 16.

Percentage who correctly picked each game:

• No. 5 Ohio State (76 percent) over No. 12 South Dakota State

• No. 8 Seton Hall (48 percent) over No. 9 NC State (52 percent)


Earlier games

• No. 7 Rhode Island (51 percent) over No. 10 Oklahoma

• No. 3 Tennessee (91 percent) over No. 14 Wright State

• No. 4 Gonzaga (93 percent) over No. 13 UNC Greensboro

• No. 1 Kansas (95 percent) over No. 16 Penn

• No. 2 Duke (96 percent) over No. 15 Iona

• No. 11 Loyola-Chicago (35.6 percent) over No. 6 Miami