Duke the most popular pick in pools; NC is next

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FILE – In this March 5, 2019, file photo, Duke’s Tre Jones (3) and Javin DeLaurier (12) react following a play against Wake Forest during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C. Tyus Jones led a top-seeded Duke team to a national title four years ago. Now, younger brother Tre […]

The buzz of an unprecedented Duke-North Carolina national championship game has been building all month. That’s the consensus from the crowd of bracket-pickers across the country, too.

As the deadline approached for finalizing those predictions in office pools and just-for-fun family contests, 36.6 percent of entrants on ESPN’s online platform picked Duke to win it all. Next was rival North Carolina at 15.8 percent, followed by the other No. 1 seeds Gonzaga (8.9 percent) and Virginia (8.3 percent).

Over at Yahoo, Duke was named as the champ on a whopping 46.6 percent of entries, with North Carolina coming in next at 16.1 percent. Gonzaga (9.0 percent) and Virginia (6.5 percent) followed.

Duke tips off against North Dakota State on Friday night in the East Region.

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