Poll: Who's at the Top of Your March Madness Bracket?

The NCAA tournament kicked off today, and both Marquette and UW advanced past the first round.

All across the country, devoted college basketball fans (and less-devoted basketball fans) have etched out a bracket of who they think will advance in each round of the NCAA Tournament.

It was hard not to hear about the start of March Madness on Thursday morning, whether it was in a water cooler conversation or on social network sites. An estimated 50 million Americans participate in March Madness office betting pools, according to MSN, and 86 percent of their survey respondents said they spend at least part of their work day following the tournament.

For the fourth straight year, President Barack Obama is weighing in with his picks. Obama chose North Carolina to win the tournament, with Kentucky, Ohio State and Missouri also making it to the Final Four.

Wisconsin and Marquette both advanced in the first round of the tournament today. The fourth-seeded Badgers will play fifth-seeded Vanderbilt in the next round Saturday at a time to be determined. Marquette, a No. 3 seed, will play sixth-seeded Murray State Saturday, also with a time to be determined.

The top-seeded teams this year are Kentucky, Michigan State, North Carolina and Syracuse, but it's anyone's tournament at this point.

Tell us in the comments, who you're picking to go to the Final Four and the championship game — or whether you even care about the tournament.

Mark Maley March 15, 2012 at 11:21 PM
I've got Marquette and Wisconsin both in the Sweet Sixteen...but I don't think either one will get farther than that.
Heather Asiyanbi March 16, 2012 at 01:13 AM
I got 7 or 8 correct - picked Old Miss instead of Kansas State. I have UW in the Sweet Sixteen & Marquette not making it past Murray St.
Carl Engelking March 16, 2012 at 03:18 AM
I think Syracuse dropped back a few rounds in almost everyone's pool after news that Melo wouldn't be eligible surfaced. UW will have their hands full with Vandy, but Marquette looked real good today.
Heather Asiyanbi March 16, 2012 at 03:31 AM
I thought about that with Syracuse, but then decided they'd still end up the winner against UW because the rest of the team is strong.
Denise Konkol March 16, 2012 at 04:13 AM
I filled my brackets out in about 6 minutes. I could not tell you what individual game winners I have outside of MU or WI, neither of which I have surviving to the sweet 16. So far my 'blind squirrel strategy' is working....


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