- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 19, 2009

NEW YORK (AP) - The growth in popularity of filling out NCAA tournament brackets online shows no signs of slowing down.

More than 5 million entries were submitted to the contest on ESPN.com before it closed Thursday. That’s up 37 percent from the 3.65 million last year. At the peak period, nearly 3,900 entries per minute were submitted.

Louisville, Memphis, Pittsburgh and North Carolina are the most popular Final Four picks.

The entrant with the most points at the end of the tournament wins $10,000.

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