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How many people picked Florida Gulf Coast to win the national title?

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Believe it or not, the members of the Florida Gulf Coast basketball team weren't the only ones who believed they could upset second-seeded Georgetown on Friday. Here's a look at the FGCU data from the over 3 million brackets that were entered on Yahoo! Fantasy Sports' Tourney Pick'Em contest. Yes, the dream of a FGCU national title remains a possibility for 337 dedicated and delirious souls.

· 47,950 brackets (1.5 percent) picked #15 FGCU to win their game over No. 2 Georgetown
· 18,583 picked them to also win their Round of 32 game and make the Sweet 16
· 4,982 picked them to also win their Sweet 16 game and make the Elite 8
· 1,591 picked them to also win their Elite 8 game and make the Final Four
· 696 picked them to also win their Final Four game and make the Championship
· 337 picked them to also win the NCAA Championship

Despite those 337 brave souls, FGCU was close to the least supported team in terms of title hopes (they ranked 61st out of 68 teams on our pick distribution). Here's a breakdown of how many times the No. 15 and No. 16 teams were picked to win the title. It's interesting to note that each 16 seed finished on top of all the 15s, though we suspect that's just the work of a solid group of wisenheimers.

1. #16 Western Kentucky — 776 brackets
2. #16 North Carolina A&T — 580 brackets
3. #16 James Madison — 574 brackets
4. #16 Southern — 377 brackets
5. #15 Albany — 372 brackets
6. #15 Pacific — 340 brackets
7. #15 FGCU — 337 brackets
8. #15 Iona — 322 brackets

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