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NJBIZ Brackets: Early riser unlikely to see final buzzer of play-in game

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If office managers around the state are finding printers are running out of ink and paper at a much faster rate than usual, the increase in supply demand can only be attributed to the return of NJBIZ Brackets.

Coinciding with the NCAA tournament, each spring, NJBIZ matches up executives from around the state with their almae matres to compete in the tournament. The action is tracked and updated each day at NJBIZbrackets.com.

Tonight's play-in games, the first round of the tournament, will feature schools from around the country playing for a chance to appear in the field of 64.

Representing North Carolina A&T is Darrell Newell, from A&P in Montvale, and his opponent in the first game of the evening is Liberty University, represented by Lisa Montalbano, of Employment Horizons.

In the second play-in game, the St. Mary's Gaels of the West Coast Conference are represented by John Meckfessel, of Johnson & Johnson, who goes head to head with Dianne DeOliveira, a graduate of Middle Tennessee.

DeOliveira isn't a huge basketball fan, but the 1993 graduate plans to tune in tonight to see the Blue Raiders face off against the Gaels in the first round.

"The fact that my college is playing, of course I will pay attention," said DeOliveira, co-host of the morning show on Magic 100.1 radio, based in Manahawkin. "It's exciting when your college is in there. You pay more attention and have pride. I want to see my team do well, although it would be more exciting if it they were in the Final Four."

DeOliveira played basketball in elementary school and maintains a passing interest in the game, but is not a rabid fan by any means.

"I know nothing about St. Mary's," she said. "I don't even know where it is. Isn't that sad?"

During her time in Murfreesboro, DeOliveira went to some basketball games when she could, but she wasn't always around for them.

"I ran track, so we traveled a lot on the weekends," she said.

She plans to watch tonight along with her husband, Kevin Gaine, and their 3-year-old son, Bryce. She won't do anything crazy, like paint her face or make Raider cupcakes, but at least she accidentally dressed the part.

"I do have blue on right now," she said.

Though she plans on tuning in tonight, DeOliveira probably won't be able to watch the whole game.

"Unfortunately, I have to wake up at 3:30 a.m. for work, so I can only watch part of it," she said.

A full look at the NJBIZ Brackets can be found here. Continue following NJBIZ at www.njbizbrackets.com for updated coverage of the tournament through the 2013 champion, to be named April 8.

Write to the Editorial Department at editorial@njbiz.com

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