Here’s the Rundown: The Stats of the Contest

Curious about what went on behind the scenes of the March Madness Bracket Contest? Want to know how many votes did so-and-so win by? Well, here’s the rundown on the statistical data of the March Madness Bracket Contest!


We wish we could take credit for being the first library to host a superhero-themed bracket contest, but that is not the case; do a search in Twitter, and you’ll see that plenty of libraries have done similar contests. But it was a first for us, so we took careful steps to make sure this contest was set up in the fairest way possible – which included the initial match-ups.


Trust us: it makes more sense then it looks…

Rankings for each hero were determined by a pre-vote held among the staff and student workers at the library. A list of as many heroes we could think of from both sides (by no means complete, but additions could be made) was passed around the staff, with each staff member voting for sixteen characters on each side (originally, it was going to be eight on each side, but based off of popularity, we extended it another week). The votes were then counted up, and ranking was decided based off of how many votes the characters received. See the picture on the right to see how the votes were tallied.

One thing you will notice is the separation of teams into individual members. In all but one case, teams were counted as a singular vote, with each member’s votes adding up into one tally (which is how the X-Men received the number one slot over Spider-Man). If a single member stood out with a wildly large amount of votes, they were separated from the team and stood on their own – i.e. Wolverine. Heroes who received the same amount of votes were placed on the rankings in the order they were listed on the master sheet, thus resulting in the #1-#16 list:

1 The X-Men Teen Titans
2 Spider-Man Batman
3 Captain America Wonder Woman
4 Iron Man Superman
5 Guardians of the Galaxy Green Lantern
6 Hulk Green Arrow
7 Black Widow Flash
8 Black Panther Supergirl
9 Wolverine The Watchmen
10 Deadpool Aquaman
11 Thor Batgirl
12 Dr. Strange Catwoman
13 Ant-Man Black Canary
14 Captain Marvel Zatanna
15 Fantastic 4 Martian Manhunter
16 Ghost Rider Blue Beetle

WEEK 1 – SWEET SIXTEEN (March 8-14)

Match-Up Results – Marvel:

  • The X-Men (#1) smokes Ghost Rider (#16), 49 votes to 6. Guess there’s strength in numbers…
  • Wolverine (#9) dethrones Black Panther (#8) by ONE vote, 28 votes to 27! The toughest match-up in this round, bar none!wolverine-vs-black-panther-display
  • Two scientific brains colliding, but only one emerges on top: Iron Man (#4) flew circles around Ant-Man (#13), 43 votes to 12.
  • The Guardians of the Galaxy (#5) dance-battles their way to victory against Dr. Strange (#12), 33 votes to 22. Must have been Baby Groot’s sweet 4e06a5d6e450960fb24fb267b256654dmoves that made the difference.
  • Spider-Man (#2) just barely edges out the Fantastic Four (#15), 29 votes to 26. J. Jonah Jameson, eat your heart out.
  • Deadpool (#10) out martial-arts Black Widow (#7), 42 to 13 votes. Someone deserves a chimichanga!
  • Battle of the Captains: Captain America (#3) wins the round against Captain Marvel (#14), 43 votes to 12.
  • By the Bifrost! Thor (#11) hammers his way to victory against the Hulk (#6), 32 votes to 23.

Match-Up Results – DC Comics:280px-TeenTitansTogether

  • Teen Titans (#1), Go! They have no problem crushing Blue Beetle (#16), 51 votes to 4.
  • Supergirl (#8) swoops past The Watchmen (#9), 31 votes to 24. Close, but not close enough!
  • Faster than a speeding bullet, Superman (#4) bypasses Black Canary (#13), 48 votes to 7. Not even her Sonic Scream can slow him down.
  • Green Lantern (#5) possesses the willpower to defeat Catwoman (#12), 29 votes to 26! Turns out, being friends with Batman isn’t enough.jla-wonder-woman-and-zatanna
  • Beware the bat! Batman (#2) batarangs his way past Martian Manhunter (#15), 46 votes to 9.
  • Flash (#7) outruns Aquaman (#10), 43 votes to 12. Probably because he can run across water.
  • Wonder Woman (#3) ropes Zatanna (#14) into submission, 49 votes to 6. No amount of spells can save you from Diana’s might!
  • Holy Robin Hood impersonator! Green Arrow (#6) nails the bull’s eye against Batgirl (#11), 39 votes to 16.

Total Votes: 55

WEEK 2 – ELITE EIGHT (March 15-21)

Match-Up Results – Marvel:

  • There is no “I” in “team” – nor is there one in The X-Men (#1) who defeat Wolverine (#9) in a landslide victory, 23 votes to 6.Image result for spider-man and deadpool
  • We had another one vote win, with Iron Man (#4) just barely squeezing past the Guardians of the Galaxy (#5), 15 votes to 14.
  • Spider-Man (#2) beats Deadpool (#10), 18 votes to 11. Don’t be too upset, though: Deadpool is Spidey’s biggest fan.
  • Asgard versus Midgard: Thor (#11) comes out on top, beating Captain America (#3), 17 votes to 12.

Match-Up Results – DC Comics:Image result for batman vs flash

  • In a surprising twist, Supergirl (#8) narrowly passes the Teen Titans (#1), 15 votes to 14.
  • Superman (#4) freezes Green Lantern (#5) in place, 22 votes to 7. Seems like someone forgot to pack the Kryptonite…
  • No Speed Force is going to surpass Batman (#2) who beats The Flash (#7), 20 votes to 9.
  • There was no contest here: Wonder Woman (#3) destroys Green Arrow (#6), 26 votes to 3. He didn’t have a shot!

Total Votes: 29 votes

WEEK 3 – FINAL FOUR (March 22-28)

Match-Up Results – Marvel:Image result for thor vs spiderman

  • Do you know what happens when a guy in an iron suit gets struck by lightning? The X-Men (#1) defeat Iron Man (#4), 19 votes to 13, that’s what!
  • Positively shocking! Thor (#11) strikes out Spider-Man (#2), 22 votes to 10, yet another upset in the thunder god’s favor.

MatImage result for batman vs wonder womanch-Up Results – DC Comics:

  • In the battle of the cousins, Superman (#4) takes a lap around the world against Supergirl (#8), 19 votes to 13. Not even family could slow him down!
  • Wonder Woman (#3) beats Batman (#2), 18 votes to 14, bringing the Dark Knight down a peg. Reminds me of that one scene in Justice League

Total Votes: 32

WEEK 4 – TOP TWO (March 29-April 4)32fbee334dbb5fa304cfd2a8fec1323e

Match-Up Results – Marvel:

  • It was a close match, but Thor (#11) manages to hold the X-Men (#1) at bay, 14 votes to 11. And they say lightning never strikes twice!

Match-Up Results – DC Comics:Image result for wonder woman vs superman

  • They may have dated at one point, but that didn’t stop Wonder Woman (#3) from beating Superman (#4), 17 votes to 8. No man shall ever defeat her (unless Thor has something to say about that…)

Total Votes: 25

WEEK 5 – LAST ROUND (April 5-11)la-1475110533-snap-photo

Winner: WONDER WOMAN! In the end, Thor’s underdog streak comes to an end against Diana, who snags the win, 17 votes to 16.

Total Votes: 33 votes

It was an impressive five weeks of battling from both sides, but DC Comics manages to outlast Marvel (if only the same could be said about their movie universes…) Thank you to all of you who voted – you made this first bracket venture of ours a success!

Stay tuned next year for 2019’s March Madness Bracket Contest, as well as all things happening at the library until then!

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