The most common Final Four picks and predictions

  • Millions of brackets have been filled out for March Madness.
  • Villanova and Virginia are the most common Final Four picks.
  • Predictions for the other regions do not have the top seeds reaching the Final Four.


As fans gets their brackets ready for the NCAA Tournament and March Madness, some trends are starting to emerge as the most popular Final Four picks this year only include two 1-seeds.

According to Yahoo Sports' "Tourney Pick'em" contest, No. 1 seeds Villanova (East regional) and Virginia (South) are the only teams to appear in the Final Four of more than half of the brackets filled out so far. The most common Final Four picks in the other regions are second-seeded North Carolina (West) and third-seeded Michigan State (Midwest). Xavier (West) is the top seed picked to reach the Final Four in the fewest brackets (19.5%).

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Apr 3, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels forward Isaiah Hicks (4) dunks the ball against Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Josh Perkins (13) during the second half in the championship game of the 2017 NCAA Men's Final Four at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 3, 2017; Glendale, AZ, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels forward Theo Pinson (1) shoots against Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Johnathan Williams (3) in the championship game of the 2017 NCAA Men's Final Four at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chris Steppig/NCAA Photos/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports
Apr 3, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Josh Perkins (13) and North Carolina Tar Heels guard Joel Berry II (2) go for a loose ball during the second half in the championship game of the 2017 NCAA Men's Final Four at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 03: Tony Bradley #5 of the North Carolina Tar Heels shoots against Zach Collins #32 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the first half during the 2017 NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship game at University of Phoenix Stadium on April 3, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Chris Steppig - Pool/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)
Apr 3, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels forward Kennedy Meeks (3) celebrates with teammates after defeating the Gonzaga Bulldogs 71-65 in the championship game of the 2017 NCAA Men's Final Four at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 03: Nigel Williams-Goss #5 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs reacts late in the game against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the 2017 NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship game at University of Phoenix Stadium on April 3, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 03: North Carolina Tar Heels assistant coach C.B. McGrath reacts in the second half against the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the 2017 NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship game at University of Phoenix Stadium on April 3, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Apr 3, 2017; Glendale, AZ, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Roy Williams cuts down the net after defeating the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the championship game of the 2017 NCAA Men's Final Four at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chris Steppig/NCAA Photos/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports
Apr 3, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Josh Perkins (13) reacts in the locker room after the loss to the North Carolina Tar Heels in the championship game of the 2017 NCAA Men's Final Four at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 03: Confetti covers the Final Four logo after the North Carolina Tar Heels defeated the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the 2017 NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship game at University of Phoenix Stadium on April 3, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. The Tar Heels defeated the Bulldogs 71-65. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 03: The North Carolina Tar Heels celebrate after defeating the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the 2017 NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship game at University of Phoenix Stadium on April 3, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. The Tar Heels defeated the Bulldogs 71-65. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 03: Nigel Williams-Goss #5 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs reacts on the court as head coach Mark Few looks on late in the second half against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the 2017 NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship game at University of Phoenix Stadium on April 3, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 03: The North Carolina Tar Heels hold the championship trophy after defeating the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the 2017 NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship game at University of Phoenix Stadium on April 3, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. The Tar Heels defeated the Bulldogs 71-65. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The most common pick for a school not seeded No. 6 or higher is Alabama, a ninth seed, picked to reach the Final Four in 0.7% of the brackets. The most common double-digit seeds are Oklahoma and Texas, with each reaching the Final Four in 0.5% of brackets.

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