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Reporter picks 16-seed UMBC to win NCAA tournament based on love of dogs

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Buffalo reporter Heather Prusak has come up with new method to make bracket selections

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Everybody has their preferred method of picking their NCAA tournament bracket. Some study each matchup by going through each teams stats and trends with a fine-toothed comb. Other people use a more simple method of picking the winners based on the favorite color of the teams jerseys, or perhaps what state they like better over another.

Buffalo reporter Heather Prusak of WGRZ NBC, however, came up with a new method that all of the dog lovers in the world will appreciate.

Prusak made her selections based on team mascot names with teams with a dog-based nickname being chosen as the winner.

Prusak tweeted, “My fake bracket based on mascots (dogs always won by default)”

Prusak’s Final Four includes the NC State Wolfpack, the Butler Bulldogs, the Gonzaga Bulldogs and the UMBC Retrievers.

She may be the only person in the United States who has the UMBC Retrievers winning the 2018 NCAA Tournament.

The No. 16 seed Retrievers will square off against top-seeded Virginia Cavaliers on Friday night.

UMBC went 24-10 during the season and got into the tournament after winning the American East with an upset victory in the conference tournament final over the heavily favoured Vermont Catamounts.

If UMBC beats Virginia it will mark the first time in history that a No. 16 seed beats the No. 1 seed.