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Duke University's Blue Devils score in March Madness pet name competition
The names Duke, George, and Tiger top the charts, but will their teams win in this veterinarian-friendly college basketball breakdown?

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Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) analyzed its database of more than 485,000 insured pets to find which college basketball teams have the pet power it takes to cut down the nets April 8 at the championship game in Atlanta.

Below is a list of the most popular pet names that can be connected to the college names or the teams’ mascots in the 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament and VPI’s database of 485,000 insured pets (total number of pets sharing that name in parenthesis):

Duke (1,336) – Duke University

George (567) – Georgetown University

Tiger (490) – The University of Memphis, University of Missouri, University of the Pacific

Louis (222) – University of Louisville, St. Louis University

Buck (134) – Bucknell University

Cowboy (101) – Oklahoma State University

Rebel (96) – University of Nevada—Las Vegas, University of Mississippi

Gator (73) – University of Florida

Bruin (58) – Belmont University, University of California— Los Angeles

Grizzly (52) – University of Montana

Lobo (45) – University of New Mexico

Aggie (44) – New Mexico State, North Carolina A&T

Buckeye (41) – Ohio State

Badger (41) – University of Wisconsin–Madison

Jay (34) – Creighton University

Carolina (23) – North Carolina, North Carolina State

Sparty/Spartan (22) – Michigan State

Panther (18) – University of Pittsburgh

Irish (17) – University of Notre Dame

Hoosier (15) – Indiana University

Crimson (11) – Harvard University

Hurricane (10) – University of Miami

Kansas (10)

Oklahoma (10)

Buff (short for Buffalo) (9) – University of Colorado Boulder

There are also three pets named Izzo (Michigan State’s head coach), one named Pitino (Louisville’s head coach), 10 pets named Bucket, eight named Hoops, five named Rebound, and two named Swish.

There are also three pets named Izzo (Michigan State’s head coach), one named Pitino (Louisville’s head coach), 10 pets named Bucket, eight named Hoops, five named Rebound, and two named Swish.

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