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An expert picks three No. 1 seeds to lose in the first round

Vivian Engel, 5, picked a slew of major upsets in her NCAA tournament bracket.
Vivian Engel, 5, picked a slew of major upsets in her NCAA tournament bracket. Star-Telegram

No 16 seed has ever defeated a one-seed in the history of the NCAA tournament. It is one of the last remaining to-do items in sports.

In this year’s NCAA tournament, three No. 1 seeds are going down, including overall top seed and undefeated Kentucky. This according to an expert.

Trying to find a different way to solve the annual puzzle that is March Madness, I enlisted the services of my 5-year-old daughter, Vivian. She has three No. 1 seeds losing in Round 1; the only survivor she has is Villanova.

She has New Mexico State, Ole Miss, Belmont and North Dakota State in her Final Four. According to Vivian, Ole Miss will defeat North Dakota State in the finals (CBS will be thrilled with such a pairing).

I asked Vivian why she thought Manhattan (which has already lost to Hampton in a First Four game) would defeat a team that has not lost this season.

“Well,” she said, “maybe they will want to let the other team win.”

Laugh now, but this may be the only way Kentucky loses this season.

Mac Engel, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @macengelprof

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