Meredith CashSat, 3 April 2021, 3:23 pm
- With Baylor, UCLA, Gonzaga, and Houston the last teams standing, sportsbetting.ag used Twitter trends to determine where each state’s loyalties lie. AP Photo/Darron Cummings
- The 2021 men’s Final Four is here – and Baylor, UCLA, Gonzaga, and Houston are the last ones standing.
- The sportsbetting.ag team used Twitter trends to determine the most popular team by state.
- The 11-seeded Bruins lead the field with 17 states in their corner.
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With March Madness making its return after the COVID-19 pandemic canceled last year’s tournament, college basketball has finally reached its beloved Final Four for the first time in 727 days.
The Baylor Bears, UCLA Bruins, Gonzaga Bulldogs, and Houston Cougars are the last teams standing in the 2021 NCAA men’s tournament.
With the second-seeded Cougars preparing to challenge No. 1 Baylor and UCLA’s Cinderella story looking to survive the mighty Bulldogs in Saturday’s pair of semifinal games, sportsbetting.ag sought to determine which team had the most support across the United States. Over the week since the Final Four matchups were officially set, the team has used geotagged Twitter data from more than 140,000 tweets to track official fan hashtags by state.
The 11-seeded Bruins lead the field with 17 states cheering them on this weekend. The Bears follow closely behind with 13 states in their corner, while Gonzaga and Houston round out the semifinal contenders with 10 states apiece.
Unsurprisingly, support for UCLA is concentrated in the school’s home state of California and the surrounding Southwestern region. The Bulldogs, too, command a significant home-field advantage, with Washington and the entire Pacific Northwest showing loyalty to the Zags.
But allegiances are rather jumbled everywhere else, with Texas sticking to Houston and much of the Southeast going with Baylor. You can check out the entire map and breakdown of each state’s Final Four team of choice below:
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