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Improbably, Basketball Reigns in Richmond

Eva Russo for The New York Times

The two universities sit five miles apart, one amid the manicured grass of the suburbs and the other rising from the concrete of the city.

They are connected by a boulevard dotted with large monuments to Confederate generals. And now, they find themselves linked as part of the most unlikely story of this year’s N.C.A.A. men’s basketball tournament.

The University of...

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