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Mad for March

Long live the underdogs! They are what make the NCAA tournament magical. This month, it's the success of the VCU and Butler men and the surprising run of the Louisville women that has Julie Foudy entranced -- and missing Paul the Octopus.

Updated: March 23, 2011, 4:50 PM ET
By Julie Foudy

VIVA LA UNDERDOG!

Ahhh, I love it. It is why we go Mad in March. It is why the famous World Cup-predicting Paul the Octopus (if he were still alive and wiggling those eight appendages) would have lost an arm and his ink in excitement. Let's review, shall we ...

• VCU needed to win a play-in with USC to even get into the tournament, and now look at the squad -- hanging out with the big dog Jayhawks in the Southwest bracket. If the previous rounds are any indication, ...

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