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Gov. Cooper’s NCAA Tournament bracket favors the ACC

March 21, 2019 GMT

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper had the Tar Heels winning the NCAA Tournament in 2016. The most honorable fan in the state almost had it right, but Villanova’s Kris Jenkins had the final say in Houston. Cooper changed his approach in 2017, selecting Kentucky over North Carolina in the regional finals with the hope it would work as a reverse jinx. Cooper’s homage to going where you go and doing what you do personally paid off as the Tar Heels cut down the nets in Phoenix after a beating Gonzaga.

In 2018, Cooper played it straight with a potential Final Four matchup between North Carolina and Virginia. The less said about the Cavaliers getting bounced from the tournament by a No. 16 seed, the better for head coach Tony Bennett’s stress levels.

For the 2019 NCAA Tournament, Gov. Cooper heavily favored teams from the ACC.

Gov. Cooper advanced three ACC teams to the Final Four, just not the three most fans are expecting. As much as Gov. Cooper enjoys college basketball, we have a good hunch he’d happily trade in a busted NCAA Tournament bracket for a deep Carolina Hurricanes NHL playoff run.