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Minnesota Lynx basketball star Lindsay Whalen looks up at Trent Tucker, a former professional and University of Minnesota basketball player, on Tuesday, during an announcement at the state Capitol that the state is applying to host the Final Four. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Numbers add up to Final Four bid

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ST. PAUL — Minneapolis is in the final eight and hopes to snare the Final Four with the help of two national champions.

It's no slam dunk, but state leaders are optimistic that the National Collegiate Athletic Association will pick the as-yet-to-be-built Vikings stadium to host the 2019 or 2020 college basketball championship. Minnesota's largest city is among eight communities competing to host the finals.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.