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Back in October, if you had been predicting league tournament champions and said Duke in the ACC, Ohio State in the Big Ten, and Tennessee in the SEC ... you might have drawn a few guffaws for your complete risk aversion.
With the talent those three teams had returning, there was no reason last fall not to expect them to collect their respective trophies and automatic bids come March.
Funny thing is, though, about a month ago, at least two of those favorites weren't looking quite so hot. One in particular.
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