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Gov. Rick Scott really, really believes in Florida college basketball teams this March

The governor picked all three Florida teams to reach the final four.
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SCOTT KEELER (03/08/2011 TALLAHASSEE)  33. Florida Governor Rick Scott reacts to members response at the conclusion of his State of the State address, Tuesday in the Florida House. SCOTT KEELER, TIMES
OT_335500_KEEL_FLGOV SCOTT KEELER (03/08/2011 TALLAHASSEE) 33. Florida Governor Rick Scott reacts to members response at the conclusion of his State of the State address, Tuesday in the Florida House. SCOTT KEELER, TIMES
Published Mar. 15, 2018
Updated Mar. 15, 2018

If Gov. Rick Scott's bracket is correct, cutting down nets will soon be Florida's passtime.

Scott audaciously picked all three Florida teams in the tournament to reach the Final Four. He picked the University of Florida over Florida State in the championship game.

"May the best team win!" Scott tweeted.

No Florida team has better than a 15/1 odds to make the Final Four, according to Las Vegas book makers. Florida, a six seed, will have to get through a tough bracket that includes  Villanova and Perdue. Ninth seeded Florida State has a slightly easier path to the Final Four, but the 'Noles would still probably have to take down top-seeded Xavier in the second round. Miami may have to topple number one overall seed Virginia if the Hurricanes want to punch a ticket to San Antonio.

The men's round of 64 starts Thursday. Book makers give Florida 55/1 odds to win the championship. (Florida State has 300/1 odds; Miami, 200/1.)

Scott has a history of home state loyalty. Last year, the governor picked Florida State to win the women's college basketball championship, and Florida to win the men's title. (FSU and Florida each lost to South Carolina teams in the Elite Eight. The women's 2018 tournament starts in earnest Friday.)

Scott's fourth 2018 Final Four pick, Duke University, was selected presumably because the governor wants to have five more games to root against Grayson Allen.