The Hoyas entered the NCAA tournament after a surprise run to win the Big East tournament last week. That run made Georgetown the most popular pick among Yahoo Tourney Pick’Em users, and it caused quite a stir.
The # 12 Hoyas are selected to be # 5 in Colorado by nearly 47 percent of contestants Beat Region East, far more than any other 12 seeds in the tournament. The second most popular No. 12 versus a No. 5 is Winthrop. Just over 27 percent of Yahoo users selected the Eagles to beat Villanova # 5 in the South Region.
Another popular surprise is Syracuse. The No. 11 orange is picked by nearly 43 percent of the contestants to beat the No. 6 San Diego State in the Midwest. This choice makes sense; Syracuse previously did well as a low seed in the NCAA tournament and came from a Power Five conference. The orange is a three-point underdog of the Aztecs, according to BetMGM.
Yahoo users are the most divided on Florida and Virginia Tech. The No. 7 Gators will be chosen by 50.83 percent of users to beat the No. 10 Hokies in the South Region’s first round. That’s closer than another 7-10 game in the East Region. No. 7 UConn is chosen by 51.65 percent of the people to beat No. 10 Maryland.
The split between Florida and Virginia Tech is in line with BetMGM’s odds of winning. Florida is preferred by a single point. UConn is a 2.5 point favorite against Maryland.
Overall, the games between seeds # 7 and 10 are as close to Yahoo users as the games between seeds # 8 and 9. The most popular seed No. 7 is Oregon (69 percent) versus VCU No. 10 in the West Region, while LSU No. 8 in the East Region (66.43 percent) is the No. 8 most popular seed.
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Participants in Tourney Pick’Em don’t have many major problems. Eleven of the 12 teams with starting numbers 1 to 3 in the four regions were selected to win 95 percent or more of Yahoo users’ matchups in the first round. The only team that doesn’t hit that 95 percent figure is Arkansas in the South Region. The # 3 Razorbacks are chosen by just over 89 percent of Yahoo users to beat # 14 Colgate.
Yahoo users are also very fond of Virginia. The No. 4 Cavaliers are chosen by nearly 82 percent of Yahoo users to win their West Region first-round game against No. 13 Ohio. That overwhelming majority comes despite Virginia’s likely inability to train ahead of the NCAA tournament due to COVID-19 quarantines.
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