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Check out the championship matchup of The World-Herald's NCAA tournament

Check out the championship matchup of The World-Herald's NCAA tournament

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It will be an all-Jesuit final in The World-Herald NCAA tournament bracket.

Gonzaga was a more than 60% favorite to beat Michigan State in the Final Four and finally sent the Spartans packing.

Then in the nightcap, Creighton was a slight underdog to top-seeded Baylor. But among the 48 numbers assigned to Creighton was 60, and that one came up.

So for the second straight game, Creighton knocked off a top seed, following its win over Kansas.

Creighton’s run has no doubt been helped by some homer fan voting. But as a No. 2 seed, the Jays also get good support from the experts, who gave them a 40% chance of beating Baylor.

Now Creighton will have to do something it’s likely no real tournament team has ever done, and that’s beat three No. 1 seeds in a row. If their number comes up again, they just might do it.

Voting at to determine the champion closes Saturday night and the winner will be drawn Sunday. The winner will be announced online Sunday night and in Monday’s paper.

The rules

A win percentage is assigned each team, and the results were run through a number generator.

The numbers plugged into the generator were based on 50% fan vote/50% expert vote. Nos. 1 to 100 were put into the generator. If a team was picked by 100% of experts and 90% of readers, it would get 95 out of 100 numbers. The generator then picked one number, and whichever team was assigned that number was the winner.

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