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Divided loyalties

Spokane's Chuck Huggins grew up in West Virginia, near Wheeling.

But he has multiple family ties to Gonzaga University and normally cheers for GU.

So who will he root for when the Zags play the Mountaineers?

"I'm a hillbilly West Virginian," he said.

Plus, he is pretty sure he is a distant relative of the West Virginia coach.

Huggins, a Navy retiree who operated a real estate business here, is being pulled in both directions.

One caller from West Virginia said,  "You're not going to root for Gonzaga, are you, Uncle Charles?"

And his wife has suggested that his presence in the living room might not be welcome Thursday if he did indeed cheer for the Mountaineers.

Sometimes it's not just the players in the tournament who could use a little luck.

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