LeBron James picks Duke in bracket

Updated: March 17, 2011, 12:37 AM ET
By Brian Windhorst | ESPN.com

MIAMI -- LeBron James apparently has two NCAA tournament brackets, one from his head and one from his heart.

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Earlier this week, the Miami Heat forward said he was leaning towards his home and picking Ohio State to win the tourney. But Wednesday when he released his bracket on his personal website, James predicted Duke will beat Pittsburgh in the final.

So is James a flip-flopper?

"I've got two brackets and I've got mixed feelings," James said before the Heat took on the Oklahoma City Thunder.

"My heart wants Ohio State to win, of course," James said. "But Duke has experience, they've got a pretty good team. And I heard today they've got Kyrie Irving coming back, too."

James has long had ties to the Buckeyes, who began wearing his signature Nike shoes and uniforms in 2007. Two years ago, Ohio State made him an honorary alumni of the program. But he has other allegiances as he has personal relationships with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, his Olympic team coach; Kentucky coach John Calipari, a friend; and Akron coach Keith Dambrot, James' former high school coach.

"I wanted Ohio State to win, I like Kentucky's chances, and I want Akron to win but we'll see," James said listing his personal choices. "I can't be a fan these days, I can't root for anybody. No, it is all fun. I love March Madness. It is the most exciting time for basketball."

Brian Windhorst covers the Miami Heat for ESPN.com.

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