Upsets toss pair of No. 3 seeds out of NCAA
Maybe if everyone's bracket is busted, no one's is?
It was barely after lunch on the West Coast when Georgia State finished the second big upset Thursday — in the first three games. Between Georgia State's upset of Baylor and Alabama-Birmingham's takedown of Iowa State, two No. 3 seeds falling that quickly on the Tournament's first day left almost every bracket blemished.
ESPN says three games into Thursday, more than 99 percent of the brackets submitted on their website were damaged. That leaves about 87,000 out of 11.6 million still with a perfect bracket or 0.7 percent.
Spokesman Josh Krulewitz tweeted that nearly 1 in 6 of ESPN's brackets — 16 percent — had Iowa State in the Final Four, and 5.1 percent had Baylor there.
Just 3.1 percent of Yahoo Sports users picked Alabama-Birmingham and 5.9 picked Georgia State.
In Las Vegas, bookmakers celebrated.
Underdogs covering the spread the first 10 games, beginning with the play-in games. Seven won outright.
No. 6 seed SMU was another upset victim, losing 60-59 to UCLA, a team some said shouldn't have been in the NCAAs.