NCAA Tournament: 10 incredible stats about the bracket heading into Sweet 16

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The Sweet 16 bracket is set, but some history was made along the way.

NCAA Tournament: 10 incredible stats about the bracket heading into Sweet 16

The Sweet 16 bracket is set, but some history was made along the way.

The most intense part of the NCAA Tournament is over as the Sweet 16 is now set.

There were expected victories, there were upsets and history was made along the way. Even if you watched every game, you may have missed some interesting stats or records. If you did, then we have your back.

Below are 10 facts and figures to know about this year's March Madness.

NCAA Tournament bracket results

On ESPN's Tournament Challenge, only 18correctly predicted the Sweet 16. That's out of over 18 million entries. While it's incredible that so few accurately predicted the 16 teams that came out alive over the weekend, it's also amazing that therewere18 who got it.

The start of the tournament was easier to predict, but upsets over VillanovaandDuke (just to name two)so early were difficult to predict.

Going topseeds in bracket would have been smart

Even though there were some big upsets over the top schools, an all-chalk bracket actually would have yielded some decent results. All-chalk means to select the top seeds in every single game, which is what at least one bracket on ESPN did.

That bracket is in the 98th percentile.

Of course, the winner eventually was Villanova, whichof course lost, so from here on out that bracket'snumber is going to decrease. But overall, this was a good year to go with top seeds as all 1-4 seeds advanced to the Round of 32 for the first time since 2007.

No.4seeds dominate tourney early

The 4 seeds are the only seedsnot to lose a game thus far. Every other seed lost at least once. So if you picked Florida, West Virginia, Purdue and Butler then you got at least some of the Sweet 16 right.

Wouldn't it be something if this dominance continues and the Final Four is made up of 4s?

South Carolina made history against Coach K

One of the biggest upsets in the tournament came when South Carolina took down Duke. The Gamecocks rallied in the second half, scoring 65 points, which is the mosteveragainst coach Mike Krzyzewski in a single half.

That's out of2,538 halves. Good job, S.C.

ACC's dominance doesn't last long

Last year the ACC took over March Madness by sending six teams to the Sweet 16. This year? Just one: North Carolina.

The ACC is the onlyPower 5 conference that didn't send three teams to the Sweet 16. Teams not from Power 5 conferences to advance includeGonzaga, Butlerand Xavier.

Michigan plays well on neutral courts

Not only is Michigan undefeated since its plane crash, but the team is 8-0 this season when playing on neutral courts, too. Considering the NCAA Tournament is nothing but neutral courts, you have to wonder if this is going to be the Wolverines' year.

Purdue's Caleb Swanigan makes NCAA history

Caleb Swanigan is an impressive player because he does everything on the court. During the team's win Saturday, he recorded his 100th assist of the season, making him the first major-college player in 25 years to join the600-400-100 club [source].

That's 600 points, 400 rebounds and 100 assists.

UNCW's Devontae Cacok also makes NCAA history

UNCWilmington lost in its first game of the tournament, and the finality of the season meant Devontae Cacok finished with an NCAA record. After going 5-of-6 in the game, Cacok finished the season with an 80 percent field-goal percentage, the best ever in a single season.

While Cacok averaged only 12.3 points per gameand never attempted a 3-pointer, it's still an impressive feat for the sophomore.

Nebraska makes March Madness history despite not playing

Northwestern made its first NCAA Tournament appearance this year and defeated Vanderbilt in its first game. This means Nebraska is now the only Power 5 conference school without a win in the NCAA Tournament.

Better luck next year?

NCAA Championship odds are pretty even

According to ESPN's data-driven site FiveThirtyEight, the odds from here on out are pretty even. Every team is under a 20 percent chance to win the tournament, although, not surpising,the No. 1 seeds mostly lead the way.

Gonzaga (a 1 seed) has the best odds at 18 percent with Kansas (1) and Kentucky (2) being the only other schools with at least a 10 percent shot. Surprisingly, Cincinnati (6) has the lowest odds, even behind Xavier (11).

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