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Niners with NCAA Tournament Ties

Posted Mar 18, 2014

Eighteen members of the San Francisco 49ers have their alma maters represented in the 2014 NCAA Tournament. Head coach Jim Harbaugh, a well-known "Michigan Man," can also track his school in the tournament.


If you're having trouble filling out your NCAA tournament brakcet, you might want to consider taking a team that is connected with a member of the San Francisco 49ers.

Seriously.

Starting in two days, many of us will have one eye on the NCAA tourney and the other eye on whatever we’re working on. That’s the reality of March Madness.

For some members of the Niners, both eyes will be on their alma maters in the NCAA tourney.

You might be wondering, “Who are those players with a rooting interest?”

By our count, 18 players and a certain head coach named Jim Harbaugh will be represented in this year’s tournament. Harbaugh’s motivational talk and half-court shooting lesson for the Kansas Jayhawks unofficially gives the Niners coach two teams in the dance.

Niners365 broke down the brackets to find which players are likely to blow up your Twitter feeds with celebratory reactions.

SOUTH

1 seed – Florida Gators – DT Ray McDonald

4 seed – UCLA Bruins – LS Kevin McDermott

6 seed – Ohio State Buckeyes – G Alex Boone

9 seed – Pittsburgh Panthers – P Andy Lee and WR Jon Baldwin

10 seed – Stanford Cardinal – Jonathan Martin

EAST

1 seed – Virginia Cavaliers – LB Ahmad Brooks and CB Chris Cook

2 seed – Villanova Wildcats – S Bubba Ventrone

3 seed – Iowa State Cyclones – T Carter Bykowski

4 seed – Michigan State Spartans – TE Garrett Celek

WEST

4 seed – San Diego State Aztecs – WR DeMarco Sampson

7 seed – Oregon Ducks – RB LaMichael James, G Adam Snyder and FB Will Tukuafu

9 seed – Oklahoma State Cowboys – RB Kendall Hunter

12 seed – North Dakota State Bison – S Craig Dahl

MIDWEST

2 seed – Michigan Wolverines – Coach Jim Harbaugh

7 seed – Texas Longhorns – K Phil Dawson

Which Niner has the best chance of seeing his school cut down the nets as National Champions?