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Most popular NCAA tournament basketball bracket picks

The NCAA tournament is approaching fast, but you still have until noon ET Friday to make your picks. More than 10 million Tournament Challenge basketball brackets have already been entered, and you know you don’t want miss out on the fun.

Whether you take two seconds to click “autofill” and lock in your picks or take advantage of our ESPN+ Bracket Predictor and Cheat Sheet, you’ll want to fill out a bracket here and join the madness!

To whet your appetite, check out these interesting notes about the most popular NCAA tournament bracket picks:

Who is picked to win it all?

The most popular team picked to win the national title remains No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs at more than 35%. While there has been some slight fluctuation in percentages,

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5 upset picks to make during opening weekend

Five NCAA Tournament upset picks to make during opening weekend originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

First and Second Round upsets are what make March Madness so great.

Seeing some team that no one expected to win knock off a Power 5 team is why everyone loves this time of year. In some ways, it’s the iconic David vs. Goliath. Picking these upsets is a different conversation though. Everyone wants to be the expert that gets to say “I saw this upset coming.” They are hard to predict, another reason why we love it.

First-round upset picks aren’t going to win you a bracket pool, but they certainly can lose you a bracket pool. Early round upsets need to be strategic, you can’t have a Final Four team bowing out in the opening weekend. 

Every year there are some upsets that percolate to the top of the water cooler talk.

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Viewing Picks for February 26, 2021





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Matchday 23

SV Werder Bremen vs. Eintracht Frankfurt — ESPN+, 2:20 p.m.

College Baseball

Boston College at Duke — ACC Network, 3 p.m.

Cal-San Diego at San Diego State — Mountain West Network, 4 p.m.

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College Basketball

Men’s — Week 14

Canisius at Niagara — ESPN+, noon

North Florida at Stetson — ESPN+, 2 p.m.

Southern Utah at Northern Arizona — Pluto TV, 2 p.m.

Rider at St. Peter’s — ESPN+, 4 p.m.

Tulane at Cincinnati — ESPN+, 4 p.m.

Drexel at James Madison — FloHoops, 4 p.m.

Louisiana-Monroe at Texas State — ESPN+, 5 p.m.

Manhattan  at Siena — ESPN+, 5 p.m.

Appalachian State at Georgia Southern — ESPN+, 6 p.m.

George Washington at St. Bonaventure — ESPN+, 6 p.m.

Bowling Green at Akron

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Simone Biles Calls Out ESPN For Not Featuring Any Women In Their “Greatest Of All Time” Picks

From Seventeen

Haven’t the world learned by now that women cannot and should not be ignored? Apparently not, but Simone Biles is here to remind everyone. The gymnast called out ESPN on Tuesday for completely disregarding women on Twitter.

In a now-deleted tweet, ESPN’s SportsCenter shared an image by artist @dayxsleep, which highlighted some of the “Greatest of All Time” or GOATs in various sports. The image features big names like Muhammad Ali, Tom Brady, and Michael Jordan, but there is not a woman in sight.

“There are so many women I can think of that belong in this photo yet there are none,” Simone said in response to the image and she immediately gained support from others on Twitter. “Thank you @Simone_Biles for once again speaking out for women’s sports, and as an extension, for women and girls all around the world. In this day and age, shame on

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