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Heard on the Hill: Betting for Bourbon

Final Four bets are always intense — and even more so when Kentucky bourbon is on the line.

Rep. Ben Chandler, whose district is home to the University of Kentucky, is willing to bet a basketful of products from central Kentucky that his team will beat the University of Connecticut on Saturday. The Democrat will hand over two types of bourbon, chocolate bars, beef jerky and Kentucky ale if he’s wrong.

Rep. Joe Courtney will wager that he is. The Connecticut Democrat put up cigars, chocolate bars and wine in support of his district’s team, the University of Connecticut.

The two weren’t above a little trash talk, either.

“I don’t think the UConn team can stop the Wildcats Saturday,” Chandler said in a press release. “Courtney’s Connecticut candy is going to taste great — sweet victory. … I know we’re going to win, and win big, on Saturday night. Go Cats!”

Touting Husky coach Jim Calhoun, guard Kemba Walker and “scorching-hot freshman” Jeremy Lamb, Courtney added a little trash talk of his own. “I’m afraid Coach [John] Calipari is going to come up short again this year in his championship quest,” Courtney said. He added, “UConn is just two wins from Coach Calhoun’s third national championship.”

On the other side of the bracket, first-timer Virginia Commonwealth University will face off against last year’s runner-up for the championship, Butler University. And although VCU’s Rep. Bobby Scott hasn’t placed any bets with Butler’s Rep. André Carson (D-Ind.), the Virginia Democrat does have tickets for the games in Houston.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is also heading to Houston to support the VCU Rams. 

“We are all about Rams Nation,” the Virginia Republican said to local reporters.

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