Minnesotans are adopting Kansas as the team to beat in the NCAA tournament. The Jayhawks were the heavy favorite among fans watching the first full day of March Madness at restaurants and bars in downtown Minneapolis on Thursday.

The defending champion Duke Blue Devils were the least liked, despite Apple Valley native Tyus Jones helping lead the program to a national title last year. 

Michigan State, Colorado, Iowa State and Wisconsin were among other fan favorites to make a run. Former Gophers coach Tubby Smith didn't get much love from fans while Texas Tech was upset in the first round. A trio of St. Cloud State hockey players taking a break before the NCHC Frozen Faceoff at Target Center predicted the Huskies will the NCAA hockey tournament. 

Green was the most worn color on Thursday, but not in support of one specific team. St. Patrick's Day attracted large crowds that made finding a seat at the bar difficult, but added to a high-energy atmosphere.

We were on the scene downtown throughout the day feeding our Snapchat story (Username: startribune). Hear from the fans and see highlights from the dual-holiday of sorts:
 

Jason Gonzalez
VideoVideo (03:49): The NCAA tournament Round of 64 kicked off on St. Patrick's Day and attracted large crowds in downtown Minneapolis. Many Twin Cities fans were picking Kansas to win it all.

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