By Page 2 staff

On Thursday in Greensboro, N.C., the University of Tennessee survived a scare in the first round of the NCAA men's basketball tournament. The Vols, the No. 2 seed in the Washington regional, edged No. 15 seed Winthrop 63-61 thanks to a Chris Lofton basket in the final seconds. And let's not forget that Coach Pat Summitt and the No. 2 seed Lady Vols open the NCAA Women's Tournament against Army in Cleveland on Sunday.

Mr. and Miss Bracket Contest
Mr. Bracket: Tennessee semi-finalists
Buckheit: Home, sweet home
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Caple: Orange love
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Caple: Bleeding UCLA blue
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Caple: Go Zags or bust
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Caple: The Search begins
Page 2 visited Knoxville to find the best Vols' college basketball fans in its cross-country search for Mr. and Miss Bracket 2006.

We've narrowed the candidates in our first round of Miss Bracket finalists. Check out the four candidates and vote for your favorite in the poll on the right. And vote for your favorite Vols' Mr. Bracket candidate.

And don't forget that it's not too late to enter the online version of our contest. Click here to show support for your school, submit your essay and photo … and enter to win a Mobile ESPN phone.

Christine Esswein
Age: 18
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
Why I should be Miss Bracket: My enthusiasm is the key. I give everything I've got to the games. I'm one of the reasons it's now BASKETball time in Tennessee. You can find me in the front row of EVERY game -- men's and women's. My winter weekends belong to basketball, just living and dying by my Vols and showing Pat and Bruce's girls and boys my support.
Bolanile Olatunji
Age: 21
Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
Why I should be Miss Bracket: I bleed orange! I'm a passionate UT fan. I played basketball in high school so I have a lot of appreciation for it. When it comes to game day, I rally up my friends and head to the arena hours before tip off just to be around the big ORANGE spirit. Bruce Pearl is a hero! Pat Summitt is a legend. Vols have heart and don't play for fame but for the love of the game.
Ashley Shelton
Age: 19
Hometown: Knoxville, Tenn.
Why I should be Miss Bracket: I grew up in Knoxville where I learned to LOVE all things UT! We are going all the way this year and I will be right there with them every step of the way. UT is number one! Yes, I was born and raised here, but I chose to STAY here because I want to support the fantastic sports teams that I've always believed in.
Diva Jackson
Age: 18
Hometown: Baton Rouge, La.
Why I should be Miss Bracket: If you pass up going to LSU to pay 24K a year just because you believe the Vols' athletic department is where it's at, you know you're pretty passionate about your school's sports. I breathe, eat and sleep UT sports! I love Orange Nation! Go Vols, go!


Photo credits: Steven Bridges for ESPN.com.




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