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Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (March 15, 2016), we discuss all things March Madness. Neil Paine explains why he has a feeling about Villanova on the men’s side. Kate Fagan tells us why no team has a hope of beating the mighty UConn Huskies on the women’s side and why, when she’s picking her bracket, she never picks to win. Plus, we answer some of your listener mail and ponder whether it might be a good idea to make the slam dunk worth 3 points.

Most importantly, we want you to join our ESPN Tournament Challenge bracket pool! We have groups for the men’s and women’s tournaments, and the winner and loser of each will get a Hot Takedown T-shirt. Yes, you can own a shirt that depicts Adam Silver riding a bear into a pool full of fish.

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Chadwick Matlin was a deputy managing editor at FiveThirtyEight.

Kate Fagan is a writer for espnW and a regular panelist on the FiveThirtyEight sports podcast Hot Takedown.

Neil Paine was the acting sports editor at FiveThirtyEight.

Joe Sykes produces our weekly sports podcast Hot Takedown.