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Makes sense to pull for 'dogs

If you have a heart, you're rooting for Bradley, George Mason and Wichita State. Nowadays, they just seem a little purer.

Updated: March 21, 2006, 12:18 PM ET
By Tim Keown | Page 2

Everyone with a heart roots for the underdog, and most of the non-pool-related excitement about the NCAA Tournament centers on that single fact. And why is that? I'd suggest that most of it has to do with our tacit understanding that big-time college basketball is pretty much a sham.

Most of the best players leave early, if they show up on campus at all. We've long since lost our belief in the myth of the "amateur student-athlete," no matter how often the NCAA tries to make us believe ...

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