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We have no idea where this will take us. But it's the season for this sort of thing, so our Wacky Bracket starts today with first-round matchups that include an arrest-mug showdown between Saddam Hussein and Nick Nolte. Vote now. And later this week: Who gives better phone -- Joe Horn or the "Can You Hear Me Now?" guy?
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Bracket Dos & Don'ts The Daily Quickie
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The Daily Quickie will do anything to get Ashley Judd's attention, even if it means this gratuitous reference to Kentucky's No. 1 fan. Plus, March Moneyball Madness, a toothless poll and an office-pool no-no.

THE ABSENCE OF NCAA TOURNAMENT REASON
Page 2's Tim Keown suggests a little antacid for Bob Huggins' sour stomach as Cincinnati prepares for East Tennessee State. It's the NCAA Tournament edition of Tim's list.


It's crunch-time in a sudden-death game. Who from past NCAA Tournaments do you want with the ball?

10]  Austin Carr, Notre Dame
The best pure scorer in tournament history.
9]  Donald Williams, North Carolina
When the '93 Tar Heels had to have the three.
8]  Danny Manning, Kansas
As clutch as it gets in 1988.
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VEGAS' ODDS TO WIN 2004 NCAA TOURNEY
Kentucky 9-2   Pitt 18-1
Oklahoma State 9-2   Mississippi State 18-1
Duke 6-1   St. Joseph's 20-1
UConn 8-1   Georgia Tech 20-1
Stanford 9-1   North Carolina 25-1
Gonzaga 10-1   Wake Forest 25-1
NCAA MEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
DAY FAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG O/U
Tue., 7 p.m. Lehigh 7 Florida A&M 133
Thu, 12:20 Florida Manhattan NL
Thu, 12:25 Texas Tech 2 UNC-Charlotte 145
Thu, 12:40 Maryland UTEP 148½
Thu, 2:40 Alabama So. Illinois 134
Thu, 2:55 Wake Forest 12½ VCU 149½
Thu, 2:55 St. Joseph's 23½ Liberty 136½
Thu, 3:10 Syracuse 2 BYU 135
Thu, 5:10 Stanford 25 UTSA 136
Thu, 7:10 Duke 34 Alabama St. 133
Thu, 7:10 UConn 20 Vermont 134
Thu, 7:20 Texas 11½ Princeton 119
Thu, 7:35 Michigan St. Nevada 139½
Thu, 9:40 DePaul Dayton 131½
Thu, 9:40 Arizona Seton Hall 154
Thu, 9:50 N. Carolina Air Force 130
Thu, 10:05 Gonzaga 18 Valpo 147
All Times ET -- Bold indicates home team
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