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Poll: Gators Still Favored To Win NCAA Tournament

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Scottie Wilbekin #5 of the Florida Gators drives on Josh Newkirk #13 of the Pittsburgh Panthers in the second half during the third round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Amway Center on March 22, 2014 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Scottie Wilbekin #5 of the Florida Gators drives on Josh Newkirk #13 of the Pittsburgh Panthers in the second half during the third round of the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Amway Center on March 22, 2014 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSMiami/AP) — You don’t have to travel too far in Florida to find a crowd of Gator fans, but it appears much of the country is pulling for the team from the swamp.

A new poll from The Associated Press and GfK says that the quarter of Americans who are following this year’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament believe the Gators are the overwhelming favorites to win it all.

Twenty-nine percent of those with at least some interest in March Madness think Billy Donovan’s Florida team will take home this year’s crown.

The poll also found about 5 percent of Americans are following news about the tournament extremely closely, 6 percent are following very closely and 14 percent somewhat closely.

The AP-GfK poll was conducted online March 20-24 among 1,019 adults from a probability-based panel. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.

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