March Madness 2022: Select your NCAA Tournament Bracket Picks Based on Publisher Pageviews

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March Madness is considered among the largest, most anticipated tournaments in sports, especially for those who participate from home by creating brackets to predict the winners. The inaugural basketball games in 1939 had just eight contenders. Now, 68 collegiate teams make it much more difficult to predict who will become the NCAA Tournament champion.

Selection Sunday has come and gone, brackets are being created, and bets are being made. Although it’s nearly impossible to pick all 63 NCAA Tournament games correctly, our publisher partner data may be able to lend a helping hand.

On March 15th, 2022, we gathered our publisher pageviews of articles mentioning the participating basketball teams from the last 90 days to predict who might win each game. Our scoring system: the team with the most pageviews wins.

If you want to skip to the final rounds, we recommend using the Table of Contents.

Let The Big Dance begin.

Source: AP Photo/Charlie Riedel

First Round

Competing TeamsPageviews
Gonzaga Bulldogs657,030
Georgia State Panthers9,670

Winner: Gonzaga Bulldogs

Competing TeamsPageviews
Boise State Broncos100,320
Memphis Tigers676,690

Winner: Memphis Tigers

Competing TeamsPageviews
UConn Huskies189,260
New Mexico State Aggies19,120

Winner: UConn Huskies

Competing TeamsPageviews
Arkansas Razorbacks350,060
Vermont Catamounts10,690

Winner: Arkansas Razorbacks

Competing TeamsPageviews
Alabama Crimson Tide6,083,950
Rutgers Scarlet Knights672,660
Notre Dame Fighting Irish697,470

Winner: Alabama Crimson Tide

Competing TeamsPageviews
Texas Tech Red Raiders461,360
Montana State Bobcats1,570

Winner: Texas Tech Red Raiders

Competing TeamsPageviews
Michigan State Spartans1,158,080
Davidson Wildcats25,440

Winner: Michigan State Spartans

Competing TeamsPageviews
Duke Blue Devils2,506,320
Cal State Fullerton Titans9,660

Winner: Duke Blue Devils

Competing TeamsPageviews
Baylor Bears1,463,980
Norfolk State Spartans1,710

Winner: Baylor Bears

Competing TeamsPageviews
North Carolina Tar Heels990,660
Marquette Golden Eagles45,620

Winner: North Carolina Tar Heels

Competing TeamsPageviews
Saint Mary Gaels15,410
Wyoming Cowboys735,470
Indiana Hoosiers334,290

Winner: Wyoming Cowboys

Competing TeamsPageviews
UCLA Bruins1,621,830
Akron Zips5,690

Winner: UCLA Bruins

Competing TeamsPageviews
Texas Longhorns1,024,700
Virginia Tech Hokies264,560

Winner: Texas Longhorns

Competing TeamsPageviews
Purdue Boilermakers384,790
Yale Bulldogs187,550

Winner: Purdue Boilermakers

Competing TeamsPageviews
Murray State Racers117,930
San Francisco Dons19,660

Winner: Murray State Racers

Competing TeamsPageviews
Kentucky Wildcats1,526,730
Saint Peter’s PeacocksInsufficient Data

Winner: Kentucky Wildcats

Competing TeamsPageviews
Arizona Wildcats850,120
Wright State Raiders52,070

Winner: Arizona Wildcats

Competing TeamsPageviews
Seton Hall Pirates37,260
TCU Horned Frogs144,880

Winner: TCU Horned Frogs

Competing TeamsPageviews
Houston Cougars214,000
UAB Blazers51,380

Winner: Houston Cougars

Competing TeamsPageviews
Illinois Fighting Illini274,190
Chattanooga Mocs13,520

Winner: Houston Illinois Fighting Illini

Competing TeamsPageviews
Colorado Buffaloes140,760
Michigan Wolverines4,457,120

Winner: Michigan Wolverines

Competing TeamsPageviews
Tennessee Volunteers318,560
Longwood Lancers880

Winner: Tennessee Volunteers

Competing TeamsPageviews
Ohio State Buckeyes1,138,720
Loyola Ramblers13,550

Winner: Ohio State Buckeyes

Competing TeamsPageviews
Villanova Wildcats64,850
Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens13,350

Winner: Villanova Wildcats

Competing TeamsPageviews
Kansas Jayhawks86,020
Texas Southern Tigers1,440
Texas A&M Aggies1,926,920

Winner: Texas A&M Aggies

Competing TeamsPageviews
San Diego State Aztecs116,750
Creighton Bluejays42,960

Winner: San Diego State Aztecs

Competing TeamsPageviews
Iowa Hawkeyes675,390
Richmond Spiders67,470

Winner: Iowa Hawkeyes

Competing TeamsPageviews
Providence Friars82,850
South Dakota State Jackrabbits3,190

Winner: Providence Friars

Competing TeamsPageviews
LSU Tigers289,810
Iowa State Cyclones86,310

Winner: LSU Tigers

Competing TeamsPageviews
Wisconsin Badgers2,438,980
Colgate Raiders53,670

Winner: Wisconsin Badgers

Competing TeamsPageviews
USC Trojans1,710,570
Miami Hurricanes1,240,480

Winner: USC Trojans

Competing TeamsPageviews
Auburn Tigers2,383,810
Jacksonville State Gamecocks5,610

Winner: Auburn Tigers

Second Round

Competing TeamsPageviews
Gonzaga Bulldogs657,030
Memphis Tigers676,690

Winner: Memphis Tigers

Competing TeamsPageviews
UConn Huskies189,260
Arkansas Razorbacks350,060

Winner: Arkansas Razorbacks

Competing TeamsPageviews
Alabama Crimson Tide6,083,950
Texas Tech Red Raiders461,360

Winner: Alabama Crimson Tide

Competing TeamsPageviews
Michigan State Spartans1,158,080
Duke Blue Devils2,506,320

Winner: Duke Blue Devils

Competing TeamsPageviews
Baylor Bears1,463,980
North Carolina Tar Heels990,660

Winner: Baylor Bears

Competing TeamsPageviews
Wyoming Cowboys735,470
UCLA Bruins1,621,830

Winner: UCLA Bruins

Competing TeamsPageviews
Texas Longhorns1,024,700
Purdue Boilermakers384,790

Winner: Texas Longhorns

Competing TeamsPageviews
Murray State Racers117,930
Kentucky Wildcats1,526,730

Winner: Kentucky Wildcats

Competing TeamsPageviews
Arizona Wildcats850,120
TCU Horned Frogs144,880

Winner: Arizona Wildcats

Competing TeamsPageviews
Houston Cougars214,000
Illinois Fighting Illini274,190

Winner: Illinois Fighting Illini

Competing TeamsPageviews
Michigan Wolverines4,457,120
Tennessee Volunteers318,560

Winner: Michigan Wolverines

Competing TeamsPageviews
Ohio State Buckeyes1,138,720
Villanova Wildcats64,850

Winner: Ohio State Buckeyes

Competing TeamsPageviews
Texas A&M Aggies1,926,920
San Diego State Aztecs116,750

Winner: Texas A&M Aggies

Competing TeamsPageviews
Iowa Hawkeyes675,390
Providence Friars82,850

Winner: Iowa Hawkeyes

Competing TeamsPageviews
LSU Tigers289,810
Wisconsin Badgers2,438,980

Winner: Wisconsin Badgers

Competing TeamsPageviews
USC Trojans1,710,570
Auburn Tigers2,383,810

Winner: Auburn Tigers

Source: AP Photo/Jeff Roberson

Regional Semifinals: Sweet 16

Competing TeamsPageviews
Memphis Tigers676,690
Arkansas Razorbacks350,060

Winner: Memphis Tigers

Competing TeamsPageviews
Alabama Crimson Tide6,083,950
Duke Blue Devils2,506,320

Winner: Alabama Crimson Tide

Competing TeamsPageviews
Baylor Bears1,463,980
UCLA Bruins1,621,830

Winner: UCLA Bruins

Competing TeamsPageviews
Texas Longhorns1,024,700
Kentucky Wildcats1,526,730

Winner: Kentucky Wildcats

Competing TeamsPageviews
Arizona Wildcats850,120
Illinois Fighting Illini274,190

Winner: Arizona Wildcats

Competing TeamsPageviews
Michigan Wolverines4,457,120
Ohio State Buckeyes1,138,720

Winner: Michigan Wolverines

Competing TeamsPageviews
Texas A&M Aggies1,926,920
Iowa Hawkeyes675,390

Winner: Texas A&M Aggies

Competing TeamsPageviews
Wisconsin Badgers2,438,980
Auburn Tigers2,383,810

Winner: Wisconsin Badgers

Source: AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

Regional Finals: Elite 8

Competing TeamsPageviews
Memphis Tigers676,690
Alabama Crimson Tide6,083,950

Winner: Alabama Crimson Tide

Competing TeamsPageviews
UCLA Bruins1,621,830
Kentucky Wildcats1,526,730

Winner: UCLA Bruins

Competing TeamsPageviews
Arizona Wildcats850,120
Michigan Wolverines4,457,120

Winner: Michigan Wolverines

Competing TeamsPageviews
Texas A&M Aggies1,926,920
Wisconsin Badgers2,438,980

Winner: Wisconsin Badgers

Drew Timme of Gonzaga celebrates a win over San Francisco.

Source: AP Photo/Ellen Schmidt

National Semifinals: Final Four

Competing TeamsPageviews
Alabama Crimson Tide6,083,950
UCLA Bruins1,621,830

Winner: Alabama Crimson Tide

Competing TeamsPageviews
Michigan Wolverines4,457,120
Wisconsin Badgers2,438,980

Winner: Michigan Wolverines

Rutgers Scarlet Knights forward Ron Harper Jr. (24) on the court before the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Jersey Mike's Arena.

Source: Vincent Carchietta, USA TODAY Sports

National Championship

Competing TeamsPageviews
Alabama Crimson Tide6,083,950
Michigan Wolverines4,457,120

Winner: Alabama Crimson Tide

And there you have it!

Some of you may read this article and think we’ve missed our shot. Others may think they totally scored by finding this story.

We won’t be offended either way. We’re not basketball experts, just people who love data.

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