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Trio of upsets leaves marks on nation's brackets

Millions of basketball fans started Thursday with hopes of getting through the first 16 games of the NCAA tournament without a scratch.

Dayton, Harvard and North Dakota State, however, had different ideas. The three schools all pulled upsets during the day's action to put at least one black mark on a majority of the brackets that were entered in the Tourney Pick'Em on Yahoo Sports. 

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You can check out the pick distribution, but here are a few, well, lowlights if you didn't pick the right upsets.

• The day's first finish produced a lot of casualties as 11th-seeded Dayton beat sixth-seeded Ohio State 60-59. That was in direct contrast to the 83.7 percent of entries who picked the Buckeyes to win the game. 

• Twelfth-seeded Harvard won a NCAA tournament game for the second year in a row, dealing fifth-seeded Cincinnati a 61-57 loss. Cincy was picked to win by 70.4  percent of entries on Yahoo Sports.

 Twelfth-seeded North Dakota State pulled off an overtime shocker of fifth-seeded Oklahoma with a 80-75 win. That was bad news for 77.1 percent of entries that picked the Sooners.  

The good news for the nation's prognosticators is that we've yet to see any brackets busted in a big-time way if your sights were set a little lower than generational wealth. Only 0.6 percent of Yahoo entries had Ohio State reaching the Final Four with Oklahoma (0.4) and Cincinnati (0.2) garnering even less faith. 

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