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No billion dollar tourney, but a good one

Editor Don Whitten admits his billion dollar bracket for the NCAA Tournament didn’t last very long, but he offers several comments and opinions on the first two weeks of the tourney, including a look at the SEC, familiar foes, last-minute strategy and possible rules changes. (April 2, 2014, Page 4)

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    An interesting way to fill out a bracket

    Have you filled out that NCAA tourney bracket for the office pool or online contest? Editor Don Whitten seeks the advice of one who has fared well in the past by using a different strategy – picking the winners by matching up their mascots. (March 20, 2013, Page 4)

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      ‘March Madness’ – when did it first hit you?

      There’s no question that the opening weekend of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament once again is spreading “March Madness” across the country. Editor Don Whitten recalls when he first truly felt “March Madness” and wonders when it happened for readers. (March 19, 2012, Page 4)

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        Surprise Final Four leaves you wondering

        So you’re all for tournaments deciding who’s the best team for a given season? And you really think some, or all, of this year’s Final Four deserves to be No. 1 in men’s college basketball for 2010-11? Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the surprising Final Four and makes a case that next Monday’s winner would more accurately be called the tournament champion rather than the No. 1 team for the season. (March 30, 2011, Page 4)

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          March madness – even with three more teams

          Increasing the field for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championships from 65 to 68 teams made the job of picking the teams much easier for the selection committee, right? Not so, says chairman Gene Smith. Editor Don Whitten, whoenjoyed a bit of “bracketology” during his years covering sports, agrees as he takes a look at the possibilities with the larger field. (February 21, 2011, Page 4)

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