Every March begins with the hope of crafting the perfect bracket — carefully selecting each winner and trying to predict the inevitable upsets. But as March left, our dreams of perfect brackets were washed down the drain like every year. Although one person was crowned the Bracket Racket champion!
Trilix’s 13th Annual Bracket Racket was no exception to March’s craziness, as 264 people submitted a bracket in hopes of winning the grand prize — an Amazon Echo Spot. Of the 264 participants, only 71 had a viable champion when the field was down to the final four. Out of those 71, 43 correctly picked Villanova, 21 chose Kansas, only seven selected Michigan and, unsurprisingly, not one person selected the Loyola Ramblers to win.
Another (not-so) shocking stat — 27% of people who submitted a bracket this year chose Virginia, an early favorite to win it all, as their champ. Unfortunately, (or maybe not so unfortunately, for the lucky few who chose the upset), the Virginia Cavaliers lost in the first round to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) Retrievers, a number 16 seed. UMBC then quickly lost to Kansas State in the next round, 43–50. An epic upset, nonetheless (the biggest in the history of college basketball, according to ESPN).
This year’s tournament had other great moments, both on and off the court, such as Sister Jean, Michigan’s buzzer-beating shot and Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski making history by passing Pat Summitt for most wins in NCAA history, but no brackets were left standing at the end of this season’s tourney.
Madness and shocking upsets aside, one of our contestants out-picked the rest of us to be crowned this year’s Trilix Bracket Racket champion. Help us congratulate our winner, Katie Peterson! Katie correctly predicted 70% of her picks and walked away with the Amazon Echo Spot (and bragging rights…until next year anyway).