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Michiana sports fans excited for college basketball tournament

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Every year thousands of people around Michiana fill out brackets hoping to pick the National Champion. Every year many of those people are upset by the end of the first night of games.

Whether it is cheering on their alma mater or hoping to see a Cinderella story, for many sports fans this time of year is like Christmas.

"I always like to see the David slay the goliath," said Oliver Davis, South Bend Common Councilman.

Davis loves watching the upsets in the college basketball tournament, but there is one team he does not want to see go down early. That team just happens to be his alma mater and his pick to win it all.

"Well I tried not to be biased but then I just have to tell the truth and that is it's the Ohio State University," said Davis. "I think the Big Ten is going to do well."

A lot of people feel like this could be the year the Big Ten sees a team win it all, but it's another B1G Team that many people in Michiana are picking to win it all.

"I think Indiana is the most consistent and I think they just have the best overall line-up," said Andrew Gleason, who picked IU to win it all.

It is not just college basketball fans picking the Hoosiers to win it all though. South Bend Psychic Barbara the Gray Witch guarantees the Hoosiers will win it this year.

"It's going to be IU because they want it more," said Barbara. "You have to want it more, you have to want it more than anything in the world and that's what they want."

Of course, no one really knows who will take the crown, but one group is guaranteed to be real winners?  Local bars.

"We definitely had a really good crowd today just watching the games and hanging out," said Tegan Lawson. "We'll have the games on the big projector with the sound on. We're definitely looking forward to brining in some business."

The business will be there too, because with so many teams with regional interest still playing,  fans cannot get enough basketball.

"[The tournament] is my favorite time of year. I love it," said Andrew Leach. "I bet on pretty much every televised game. Thus far I'm like 0-13 [on Thursday], but I'm trying to make a big comeback [Friday]."

Lots of people in Michiana will start watching the tournament Friday with both Indiana and Notre Dame playing their first games. The Hoosiers will tip-off around 4:00 p.m. and the Irish are scheduled for a 9:45 p.m. tip.

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