At Science Museum’s March Ratness, Michigan takes crown

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March Ratness

March Ratness

Irene (Louisville), left,  tries to slam the ball through the hoop past a defending Clara (Wichita State) during the first game of March Ratness.

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At left, Laura Kramer, rat wrangler, prepares to drop a treat for Barbara (Michigan) after making a basket against Irene, (Louisville), at the Science Museum of Virginia.

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Barbara, (Michigan) , slams the ball through the hoop above a defending Irene, (Louisville) during the final game of March Ratness at the Science Museum of Virginia.

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Barbara, (Michigan) , slams the ball through the hoop during the final game of March Ratness against Irene, (Louisville), at the Science Museum of Virginia.




Posted: Thursday, April 4, 2013 12:44 pm
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Updated: 7:34 am, Fri Apr 5, 2013.


At Science Museum’s March Ratness, Michigan takes crown

LAURA KEBEDE
Richmond Times-Dispatch

Richmond Times-Dispatch

After six months of training and an intense hoops battle at the Science Museum of Virginia, four rats representing each of the Final Four teams predicted Michigan to win it all.


The female rodents, each about a foot long and weighing less than a pound, demonstrated training through rewards and consequences.

“It was the funniest thing,” said local veterinary technician Marvis Turner, who came to watch and learn for her own pet rats. “These rats should win an Oscar.”

The two-minute games yielded continuous cheers from the pom-pom bearing crowd at the museum.

As the rodents picked up the ball and carried it through the hoop, they were rewarded with food.

Irene, the rat representing Louisville, got off to a convincing start in the semifinal, winning 18-0 against Clara of Wichita State.

But after Michigan’s close win over Syracuse 24-16, Barbara (Michigan) came prepared for a brawl.

The Science Museum of Virginia started the mock games in 2008, the only year the predictions were correct.

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