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W.Va., Kentucky Governors Wager on Sweet 16 Game


  Some signature goodies are up for grabs in a friendly wager between the governors of West Virginia and Kentucky ahead of the Sweet 16 matchup between the states’ two flagship universities.

West Virginia’s Earl Ray Tomblin said Tuesday he’s wagering a small basket of Mountain State favorites, including pepperoni rolls, while his Kentucky counterpart, Gov. Steve Beshear, is offering a selection of bourbons.

Tomblin, of course, is wagering his West Virginia Mountaineers will win, and Beshear’s allegiance is with the No. 1 Kentucky Wildcats.

West Virginia takes on the NCAA Tournament’s top overall seed on Thursday night in Cleveland.

The attorneys general for each state are also doing their own neighborly wager. A country ham and a hand-blown glass piece are at stake.