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 Teams Pageviews
Gonzaga Bulldogs 657,030
Georgia State Panthers 9,670

Winner: Gonzaga Bulldogs

Competing Teams Pageviews
Boise State Broncos 100,320
Memphis Tigers 676,690

Winner: Memphis Tigers

Competing Teams Pageviews
UConn Huskies 189,260
New Mexico State Aggies 19,120

Winner: UConn Huskies

Competing Teams Pageviews
Arkansas Razorbacks 350,060
Vermont Catamounts 10,690

Winner: Arkansas Razorbacks

Competing Teams Pageviews
Alabama Crimson Tide 6,083,950
Rutgers Scarlet Knights 672,660
Notre Dame Fighting Irish 697,470

Winner: Alabama Crimson Tide

Competing Teams Pageviews
Texas Tech Red Raiders 461,360
Montana State Bobcats 1,570

Winner: Texas Tech Red Raiders

Competing Teams Pageviews
Michigan State Spartans 1,158,080
Davidson Wildcats 25,440

Winner: Michigan State Spartans

Competing Teams Pageviews
Duke Blue Devils 2,506,320
Cal State Fullerton Titans 9,660

Winner: Duke Blue Devils

Competing Teams Pageviews
Baylor Bears 1,463,980
Norfolk State Spartans 1,710

Winner: Baylor Bears

Competing Teams Pageviews
North Carolina Tar Heels 990,660
Marquette Golden Eagles 45,620

Winner: North Carolina Tar Heels

Competing Teams Pageviews
Saint Mary Gaels 15,410
Wyoming Cowboys 735,470
Indiana Hoosiers 334,290

Winner: Wyoming Cowboys

Competing Teams Pageviews
UCLA Bruins 1,621,830
Akron Zips 5,690

Winner: UCLA Bruins

Competing Teams Pageviews
Texas Longhorns 1,024,700
Virginia Tech Hokies 264,560

Winner: Texas Longhorns

Competing Teams Pageviews
Purdue Boilermakers 384,790
Yale Bulldogs 187,550

Winner: Purdue Boilermakers

Competing Teams Pageviews
Murray State Racers 117,930
San Francisco Dons 19,660

Winner: Murray State Racers

Competing Teams Pageviews
Kentucky Wildcats 1,526,730
Saint Peter’s Peacocks Insufficient Data

Winner: Kentucky Wildcats

Competing Teams Pageviews
Arizona Wildcats 850,120
Wright State Raiders 52,070

Winner: Arizona Wildcats

Competing Teams Pageviews
Seton Hall Pirates 37,260
TCU Horned Frogs 144,880

Winner: TCU Horned Frogs

Competing Teams Pageviews
Houston Cougars 214,000
UAB Blazers 51,380

Winner: Houston Cougars

Competing Teams Pageviews
Illinois Fighting Illini 274,190
Chattanooga Mocs 13,520

Winner: Houston Illinois Fighting Illini

Competing Teams Pageviews
Colorado Buffaloes 140,760
Michigan Wolverines 4,457,120

Winner: Michigan Wolverines

Competing Teams Pageviews
Tennessee Volunteers 318,560
Longwood Lancers 880

Winner: Tennessee Volunteers

Competing Teams Pageviews
Ohio State Buckeyes 1,138,720
Loyola Ramblers 13,550

Winner: Ohio State Buckeyes

Competing Teams Pageviews
Villanova Wildcats 64,850
Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens 13,350

Winner: Villanova Wildcats

Competing Teams Pageviews
Kansas Jayhawks 86,020
Texas Southern Tigers 1,440
Texas A&M Aggies 1,926,920

Winner: Texas A&M Aggies

Competing Teams Pageviews
San Diego State Aztecs 116,750
Creighton Bluejays 42,960

Winner: San Diego State Aztecs

Competing Teams Pageviews
Iowa Hawkeyes 675,390
Richmond Spiders 67,470

Winner: Iowa Hawkeyes

Competing Teams Pageviews
Providence Friars 82,850
South Dakota State Jackrabbits 3,190

Winner: Providence Friars

Competing Teams Pageviews
LSU Tigers 289,810
Iowa State Cyclones 86,310

Winner: LSU Tigers

Competing Teams Pageviews
Wisconsin Badgers 2,438,980
Colgate Raiders 53,670

Winner: Wisconsin Badgers

Competing Teams Pageviews
USC Trojans 1,710,570
Miami Hurricanes 1,240,480

Winner: USC Trojans

Competing Teams Pageviews
Auburn Tigers 2,383,810
Jacksonville State Gamecocks 5,610

Winner: Auburn Tigers

Second Round

Competing Teams Pageviews
Gonzaga Bulldogs 657,030
Memphis Tigers 676,690

Winner: Memphis Tigers

Competing Teams Pageviews
UConn Huskies 189,260
Arkansas Razorbacks 350,060

Winner: Arkansas Razorbacks

Competing Teams Pageviews
Alabama Crimson Tide 6,083,950
Texas Tech Red Raiders 461,360

Winner: Alabama Crimson Tide

Competing Teams Pageviews
Michigan State Spartans 1,158,080
Duke Blue Devils 2,506,320

Winner: Duke Blue Devils

Competing Teams Pageviews
Baylor Bears 1,463,980
North Carolina Tar Heels 990,660

Winner: Baylor Bears

Competing Teams Pageviews
Wyoming Cowboys 735,470
UCLA Bruins 1,621,830

Winner: UCLA Bruins

Competing Teams Pageviews
Texas Longhorns 1,024,700
Purdue Boilermakers 384,790

Winner: Texas Longhorns

Competing Teams Pageviews
Murray State Racers 117,930
Kentucky Wildcats 1,526,730

Winner: Kentucky Wildcats

Competing Teams Pageviews
Arizona Wildcats 850,120
TCU Horned Frogs 144,880

Winner: Arizona Wildcats

Competing Teams Pageviews
Houston Cougars 214,000
Illinois Fighting Illini 274,190

Winner: Illinois Fighting Illini

Competing Teams Pageviews
Michigan Wolverines 4,457,120
Tennessee Volunteers 318,560

Winner: Michigan Wolverines

Competing Teams Pageviews
Ohio State Buckeyes 1,138,720
Villanova Wildcats 64,850

Winner: Ohio State Buckeyes

Competing Teams Pageviews
Texas A&M Aggies 1,926,920
San Diego State Aztecs 116,750

Winner: Texas A&M Aggies

Competing Teams Pageviews
Iowa Hawkeyes 675,390
Providence Friars 82,850

Winner: Iowa Hawkeyes

Competing Teams Pageviews
LSU Tigers 289,810
Wisconsin Badgers 2,438,980

Winner: Wisconsin Badgers

Competing Teams Pageviews
USC Trojans 1,710,570
Auburn Tigers 2,383,810

Winner: Auburn Tigers

Source: AP Photo/Jeff Roberson

Regional Semifinals: Sweet 16

Competing Teams Pageviews
Memphis Tigers 676,690
Arkansas Razorbacks 350,060

Winner: Memphis Tigers

Competing Teams Pageviews
Alabama Crimson Tide 6,083,950
Duke Blue Devils 2,506,320

Winner: Alabama Crimson Tide

Competing Teams Pageviews
Baylor Bears 1,463,980
UCLA Bruins 1,621,830

Winner: UCLA Bruins

Competing Teams Pageviews
Texas Longhorns 1,024,700
Kentucky Wildcats 1,526,730

Winner: Kentucky Wildcats

Competing Teams Pageviews
Arizona Wildcats 850,120
Illinois Fighting Illini 274,190

Winner: Arizona Wildcats

Competing Teams Pageviews
Michigan Wolverines 4,457,120
Ohio State Buckeyes 1,138,720

Winner: Michigan Wolverines

Competing Teams Pageviews
Texas A&M Aggies 1,926,920
Iowa Hawkeyes 675,390

Winner: Texas A&M Aggies

Competing Teams Pageviews
Wisconsin Badgers 2,438,980
Auburn Tigers 2,383,810

Winner: Wisconsin Badgers

Source: AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

Regional Finals: Elite 8

Competing Teams Pageviews
Memphis Tigers 676,690
Alabama Crimson Tide 6,083,950

Winner: Alabama Crimson Tide

Competing Teams Pageviews
UCLA Bruins 1,621,830
Kentucky Wildcats 1,526,730

Winner: UCLA Bruins

Competing Teams Pageviews
Arizona Wildcats 850,120
Michigan Wolverines 4,457,120

Winner: Michigan Wolverines

Competing Teams Pageviews
Texas A&M Aggies 1,926,920
Wisconsin Badgers 2,438,980

Winner: Wisconsin Badgers

Drew Timme of Gonzaga celebrates a win over San Francisco.

Source: AP Photo/Ellen Schmidt

National Semifinals: Final Four

Competing Teams Pageviews
Alabama Crimson Tide 6,083,950
UCLA Bruins 1,621,830

Winner: Alabama Crimson Tide

Competing Teams Pageviews
Michigan Wolverines 4,457,120
Wisconsin Badgers 2,438,980

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 Teams Pageviews
Alabama Crimson Tide 6,083,950
Michigan Wolverines 4,457,120

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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