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March Madness: The allure of the little guys
Terry Pluto explains why so many millions are drawn to March Madness

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The University of Akron Zips won the MAC Championship and will play Virginia Commonwealth in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
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This week, millions of people will be filling out their NCAA men’s basketball tournament brackets and watching the dozens of games that are played over a few days. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto talks to Amanda Rabinowitz about why we go so mad for March Madness.
Terry Pluto on the madness behind March Madness

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The outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. estimates March Madness  will cost American companies $134 million in "lost wages" as an estimated 3 million workers spend between one to three hours watching hoops. Northeast Ohioans will likely be tuning in as the University of Akron faces Virginia Commonwealth, and Ohio State plays Iona. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto breaks down why the tournament generates so much interest.

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#13 seed Montana plays #4 seed Syracuse Thursday night. Go Griz!

And what about women's basketball? #13 seed Montana plays #4 seed Georgia Saturday afternoon in Spokane, Wash. Go Lady Griz!

Posted by: Renee (Montana) on March 20, 2013 1:03AM
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