It takes some guts to pick Duke to win the NCAA tournament around these parts, but if anyone has the local clout to get away with it, it's probably Orioles catcher Matt Wieters.
Wieters picked Duke on his NCAA bracket as part of a contest the Orioles are holding for fans. Basically, Dan Duquette, J.J. Hardy, Jim Johnson Brian Roberts and Wieters made their picks, and fans can win tickets or autographed memorabilia by backing the most accurate bracket.
Because I know you're curious, Johnson and Roberts predict Kansas will cut down the nets in Atlanta, while Hardy and Duquette are rolling with No. 1 overall seed Louisville.
Roberts, who lived in Chapel Hill, N.C., and began his college career at North Carolina, actually has Duke in his Final Four, too. (He has the Tar Heels winning their first game and then losing to Kansas.)
None of the five are taking straight chalk, but it is interesting to note that Duquette picked all of the favorites in the Round of 64. He does have New Mexico and Georgetown in his Final Four, though, so he’s not just taking the highest seeds.
It's a shame the Orioles didn’t include two-time All-Pac 10 basketball selection Mark Hendrickson in the contest, but maybe they felt the former Washington State star would have an unfair advantage.