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And what about Gov. Brownback’s NCAA Tournament bracket?

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, March 20, 2014, at 7:11 p.m.
  • Updated Friday, March 21, 2014, at 6:42 a.m.

Gov. Sam Brownback is ducking the most controversial issue in Kansas: Wichita State, KU or K-State in the NCAA tournament?

On Thursday, the governor signed a proclamation declaring the state “the cradle of basketball” and congratulated all three universities on making it to the Big Dance, the 64-team field competing for the college national championship.

All three teams will play their first game Friday in St. Louis.

But unlike officeholders from President Obama to Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer, Brownback isn’t releasing his own tournament bracket.

Asked about the governor’s silence, a spokeswoman in his office replied by e-mail: “He filled out brackets for fun with his family.”

Brownback also issued a proclamation Thursday declaring April “Safe Digging Month.”

The national championship game will be played April 7.

For the record, Obama made something of a surprise pick with No. 4 seed Michigan State to win it all. He picked KU in 2010 and 2011 but was disappointed both times.

To the surprise of absolutely no one, Brewer and Rep. Mike Pompeo of Wichita played it safe, picking the undefeated and No. 1-seeded Wichita State Shockers to take the title.

Reach Dion Lefler at 316-268-6527 or dlefler@wichitaeagle.com.

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