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LeBron James Picks Ohio State Buckeyes To Win NCAA Tournment

You can take the man out of Ohio, but you can't take Ohio out of the man.  Akron's own LeBron James has taken the Ohio St. Buckeyes to win the 2011 NCAA Tournament.  Asked today if he regretted not playing in the NCAA Tournament, LeBron had a strong message for the youth of America.

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"If I could have not went to school all the way until March and then played in March Madness, then I would have done that. But I have no regrets not going to school," James said Tuesday, before turning a bit and looking directly into a long row of television cameras that surrounded him. "Now, let's play this when the kids are asleep. 'Go to school, guys.' I was just fortunate."

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The Buckeyes wear LeBron's apparrel, and James is a figure at many of the Buckeyes big games - both football and basketball.  Of course, there is the fact that James' hometown school, the Akron Zips, are also in the tournament.  Being the consummate frontrunner, however, James only speaks of the Buckeyes - the No.1 team in the country - as WE, not the No.15 seeded Zips.

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"We've got the No. 1 overall seed in the whole thing," James said, referring to Ohio State. "So I'm looking forward to it."

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Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.