- Associated Press - Thursday, March 17, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Before their appearance in the NCAA tournament in Providence, Rhode Island, Yale got a pep talk from one of the state’s most high-profile Yale alums: Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo.

Raimondo visited the team Wednesday evening, before Thursday’s game against Baylor. She posted photos on Twitter with the team and said she told the Bulldogs she had picked them in her bracket for Thursday’s game.

Raimondo said she was proud of her alma mater and told them she would be rooting for the underdog.

Raimondo’s staff says she did not attend Thursday’s game.

The winner of Thursday’s matchup will advance to a West Regional second-round matchup against Duke.

Raimondo graduated from Yale Law School in 1998. She played rugby as an undergraduate at Harvard.

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