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Blest be the bracket that binds

Lots of games, locations, styles and mascots -- the first two days of the Tourney are the best.

Updated: March 19, 2004, 11:26 AM ET
By Jim Caple | Page 2 columnist

Forget the Final Four, the Sweet 16, the Elite Eight and any other number officially registered and trademarked by CBS and its affiliates. The best part of the NCAA tournament -- without question -- is the opening two days when 64 teams play 32 games in eight cities, one game after another.

This is when your office bracket remains as pure as Laettner's jumper to beat Kentucky, and as unblemished as a BYU cheerleader. This is when the tournament's possibilities are as wild as Ronny Turiaf's ...

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