Is your March Madness bracket broken? Join the crowd

After a wild first day of the NCAA Basketball Tournament, just 14,525 -- or 0.1 percent -- out of the approximately 13 million Tournament Challenge brackets submitted to ESPN were a perfect 16-for-16 on Thursday.



In comparison to previous years:

  • 2015: 273 out of 11.57 million were a perfect 16-for-16 on the first Thursday (.002 percent)

  • 2014: 18,471 out of approximately 11 million were a perfect 16-for-16 on the first Thursday (.2 percent)


Another 182,678 brackets went 15-for-16 on Thursday. On the other end of the spectrum, seven brackets laid an egg, going 0-for-16 on Thursday.



The twin upsets by 12-seeds Yale and Arkansas-Little Rock over Baylor and Purdue, respectively, really shook up the field. Plus, a pair of upsets by 11-seeds -- Gonzaga over Seton Hall and Wichita State over Arizona -- heightened the bracket-busting madness. Overall, the better seeds went 9-7 on Thursday.

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