Tournament Challenge: Marshall's upset win does serious damage to brackets

Here are some takeaways from Friday's early-afternoon action:

  • After 20 games, just 347 of our 17.3 million brackets remain perfect.

  • 13.5 percent of brackets picked No. 13 Marshall to upset No. 4 Wichita State on Friday.

  • Wichita State’s loss to Marshall will do some serious damage to a lot of brackets, because 86.5 percent had the Shockers winning Friday, 43.4 percent had them advancing to the Sweet 16, 7.8 percent to the Elite 8 and 3.8 percent to the Final Four.

  • No. 7 Texas A&M is picked in 6.5 percent of brackets to advance to the Sweet 16 over the winner of UNC/Lipscomb.

  • The public isn’t buying into No. 7 Arkansas on Friday -- 58 percent of brackets went with No. 10 Butler to advance. That’s the upset predicted most in the Round of 64.

  • Not only did 58 percent pick No. 10 Butler to beat No. 7 Arkansas on Friday but a healthy 11.9 percent have it advancing past No. 2 Purdue to the Sweet 16. That’s better than each 7-seed, 8-seed, 9-seed and 10-seed is predicted to advance.

Percentage of brackets that correctly picked each game:

  • No. 2 Cincinnati (92.9 percent) over No. 15 Georgia State

  • No. 13 Marshall (13.5 percent) over Wichita State

  • No. 2 Purdue (95.7 percent) over No. 15 CS Fullerton

  • No. 7 Texas A&M (50.8 percent) over No. 10 Providence