Duke will win the NCAA Tournament, according to Google Trends.
The search engine's trends Twitter page tweeted out a bracket based on search interest across Google. Duke wins the tournament, meeting Gonzaga in the Final Four. Michigan and North Carolina also make the Final Four.
Big upsets on the Google Trends bracket include Wisconsin over Villanova in the second round and Florida Gulf State making the Sweet Sixteen.
It also features No. 15 North Kentucky defeated No. 2 Kentucky in the first round.
Again, this is based on search interest.
But if we’re going by the popular vote (or most searches rather than interest over time), expect the Michigan Wolverines to win it.
Google Trends data show that the University of Michigan’s basketball team leads the nation in overall searches, ranking ahead of the Wisconsin Badgers, North Carolina Tar Heels, Villanova Wildcats and Gonzaga Bulldogs.
The top five would indicate that Michigan, Wisconsin, North Carolina and Villanova would meet in the Final Four, but that’s impossible since Villanova and Wisconsin could meet in the second round of the tournament.
The data also show that the Midwest has March Madness fever. Sioux City, Iowa, showed the most interest through search, along with Madison, Wisconsin; Cincinnati; Green Bay, Wisconsin; and Topeka, Kansas.
Salt Lake City, which hosts six of the tournament’s games, has a 73 percent interest in the tournament. That’s about as much as Spokane, Washington, home of Gonzaga.