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    Which pairing do you want to see in the NCAA Championship for men's basketball? Not based on a chart, or a bracket, but which matchup do you feel is most compelling?
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    North Carolina vs U. Connecticut
    33.33%
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    North Carolina vs Michigan State
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    Villanova vs U. Connecticut
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    Villanova vs Michigan State
    66.67%
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  • #2
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    Villa and Mich. St

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    • #3
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      That's where I'm at with it. And Michy State is up on U. Conn right now ; )

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      • #4
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        I'd like to see Tyler go up against Thabeet.

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