What if your beloved pet could fill out an NCAA men's basketball championship bracket?

Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. attempted to answer that not-quite-burning question. The nation’s oldest and largest provider of pet health insurance analyzed its database of more than 485,000 insured pets to determine which NCAA team will win it all on on April 2 in New Orleans. The company made its selections based on which pet names matching team names (or mascots) were most popular.

Duke, St. Bonaventure, Memphis and California should combine to make up a surprising Final Four -- with Coach K's Duke Blue Devils cutting down the nets as the national champion.

The March Madness field includes four types of cats: Wildcats (Kentucky, K-State, Davidson), Bearcats (Cincinnati), Bobcats (Ohio) and Catamounts (Vermont).

Dog Days are definitely in play for tournament teams. Man's best friend is represented by four different breeds: Bulldogs (UNC-Asheville, Gonzaga), Huskies (Connecticut), Greyhounds (Loyola, MD) and Cavaliers (aka King Charles Spaniel rocked by Virginia).

Check out the overall rankings...

Pet Name Ranking (Based on 2012 Men's Tournament Teams

1.) Duke (1,311)
2.) Bear (1,282) – Baylor, California
3.) George (548) - Georgetown
4.) Tiger (509) – Missouri, Memphis
5.) Bonnie (339) – St. Bonaventure
6.) Titan (206) - Detroit
7.) Louis (190) – St. Louis
8.) Murray (180) – Murray State
9.) Rebel (101) - UNLV
10.) Gator (67) - Florida
11.) Bruin (59) - Belmont
12.) Lobo (47) – New Mexico
13.) Aggie (43) – New Mexico State
14,) Badger (31) – Wisconsin
15.) Jay (34) – Creighton
16.) Buckeye (38) – Ohio State
17.) Carolina (24) –
North Carolina, NC State
18.) Cougar (24) – BYU
19.) Cal (20) - California
20.) Sparty/Spartan (18) –
Mich. St., Norfolk St.
21.) Irish (18) – Notre Dame
22.) Hoosier (13) – Indiana
23.) Bull (12) – South Florida
24/) Kansas (10)
25.) Crimson (10) – Alabama, Harvard

Source: PetInsurance.com

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