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And so it is. But among that distinguished crowd, only Mitchell could lay claim to helping the Bears make the NCAAs. But that was back in the early 1980s, and the small school from Macon didn’t win a game.

“It’s one thing to advance in the NCAA tournament,” Mitchell demurred. “It’s a whole ‘nother thing to beat a school like Duke.”

“They put us on the map and gave us an identity,” he said, rolling once again. “That’s something that all of us graduates of Mercer will be indebted to these guys for forever. They put us on the map.”

Right. Which still shows Macon exactly 101.3 miles up the road from Dawson.

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THIS JUST IN: HUMANS FALL SHORT OF PERFECTION

Somewhere, Warren Buffett is smiling.

We said that when he went to bed Thursday night, too, but that was a guess. Now it’s official.

As of 4:45 p.m. Eastern, right about the time Stanford beat New Mexico, there were still 16 perfect brackets left among millions of entries. Four hours later, not long after Memphis beat George Washington, the last three were kaput.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise. Another thing BracketRacket noted the night before last were the odds (9.2 quintillion-to-1, give or take a few hundred trillion, we think) that Buffett would have to fork over the $1 billion himself, since one of his companies served as underwriter for the Quicken Loans Billion Dollar Bracket Challenge.

Those who put a down-payment on a house planning to use proceeds from Mr. Buffett are advised to call his friends at Quicken Loans.

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DUDE, WHAT ARE THOSE THINGS UNDER YOUR ARM? BOOKS?

Dayton wins! Dayton wins!

In your dreams, maybe. Or if this were the old TV show “College Bowl,” instead of the NCAA tournament, then absolutely.

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