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Friday, March 20, 2015

The Wildcat Faithful

Just after his school’s first-ever NCAA Basketball Tournament victory, Hampton University coach Edward Joyner was reminded that his squad, the only entrant in this year’s field to begin with a losing record, faced Kentucky next. By the start of Joyner’s postgame press conference, odds-makers had made Hampton a 33-point underdog to the 34–0 Wildcats. One sportswriter quoted a recent prediction by analyst Reggie Miller: “It's going to take almost an act of God” for Kentucky to fall short of reaching the school’s ninth NCAA title.

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