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Texas Longhorns should make the Final Four in these brackets

AUSTIN (KXAN) — March Madness is on with 68 men’s and women’s college basketball teams battling it out to determine this year’s national champion.

It’s the best time of year for hardcore and even casual college basketball fans. Millions of parentheses have been submitted for pools with family, friends, colleagues and (sometimes) random strangers. The winner of these pools will undoubtedly assert themselves as a college basketball expert among those around them.

More than 20 million supports have been submitted as part of ESPN’s Support Challenge. ESPN also provided stats on which teams America picked to qualify in each round.

While Houston and Alabama are the two favorites to cut the nets, the Texas Longhorns aren’t too far behind, according to ESPN brackets. 6.2% of ESPN brackets picked Texas to win the national title. More than a quarter of the brackets have Texas in the Final Four.

Texas Longhorns

The University of Alabama and Houston are the two favorites to win the national championship. The Crimson Tide is the most popular pick with nearly 20% of brackets expecting Alabama to win the national title.

Alabama Crimson Tide

Houston Cougars

Houston is right behind with 16% of brackets predicting the Cougars will win the championship.

Baylor Bear

More than half of the brackets predict the 2021 national champion Baylor Bears will make it through the second weekend of the tournament, but only 1.% of the brackets have the Bears winning the national championship.

TCU Horned Frogs

A majority of brackets have TCU losing in the second round. The sixth-seeded Horned Frogs were chosen to win the national championship in 0.3% of the brackets

The parentheses choosing Texas A&M to go far in the tournament are probably already busted. The Aggies lost to Penn State in the first round on Thursday night, stopping a potential Texas vs. Texas A&M meeting in the second round on Saturday.


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