Iowa State destroyed your bracket and almost everyone else's

Two and a half hours. That's about how long it took.

When 14th-seeded University of Alabama-Birmingham knocked off third-seeded Iowa State in the 2015 NCAA tournament, it didn't just crush the Cyclones' hopes. It also busted the brackets of almost every one of the millions of players in Yahoo Sports' bracket challenge.

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A full 96 percent of brackets featured Iowa State winning its matchup. That was the 10th-best team of all picks. Oh, but the carnage didn't stop there. Almost 78 percent picked Iowa State to win its second game and advance to the Sweet 16. Just more than 38 percent picked the Cyclones to reach the Elite Eight, and 15.8 percent picked them to reach the Final Four.

More than 7 percent of brackets had Iowa State going to the championship, the best of the No. 3 seeds. And raise a glass to that 1 percent who had Iowa State winning it all. Also, save some love for the 0.1 percent who had UAB going to the Final Four. Those people have earned the right to laugh at all of us.

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