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UNC-Asheville AD Helps Create 'March Madness'

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68 schools make the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, known as March Madness.  But it’s just 10 people who determine which schools are in, and which are not.  UNC-Asheville athletic director Janet Cone is one of those 10, and the only woman on the committee that chooses the bracket.  She spoke with BPR News director Matt Bush about what it’s like to sit in the New York City room where so many players and fans hopes are realized or crushed.

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Longer interview with UNC-Asheville athletic director Janet Cone and Matt Bush of BPR News

UNC-Asheville earned a berth in the NCAA women’s basketball tournament.  The Bulldogs face top-seeded South Carolina on Friday in Columbia, SC at 5 p.m.  The men’s team will compete in the College Insider Tournament.  They play UT-Martin on Thursday in Tennessee.

Matt Bush joined Blue Ridge Public Radio as news director in August 2016. Excited at the opportunity the build up the news service for both stations as well as help launch BPR News, Matt made the jump to Western North Carolina from Washington D.C. For the 8 years prior to coming to Asheville, he worked at the NPR member station in the nation's capital as a reporter and anchor. Matt primarily covered the state of Maryland, including 6 years of covering the statehouse in Annapolis. Prior to that, he worked at WMAL in Washington and Metro Networks in Pittsburgh, the city he was born and raised in.