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2016 'Bocker Bracket: Which Knick alma maters are playing in the NCAA Tournament?

Let's relive the past!

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

It's that time of year again, basketball fans. Knicks supporters have lost hope, Knicks players have lost hope. All that's left now is to play out the string and -- if you're lucky -- live vicariously through one's alma mater in the NCAA Tournament.

Which players are fortunate enough to have some vested rooting interest in the NCAAs? Let's break down the 'Bocker Bracket.

West Region

No. 4: Duke (Lance Thomas)

Lance had the sort of college career that makes old-timey types swoon: named co-captain in his senior season, he helped the Blue Devils win the 2010 national championship. In the Final, his Duke squad beat Butler and the greatest, smartest, most incredible coach in history, Brad Steven. If I had to go back in time, I'd be rooting for Duke in that game. Weird.

No. 8: St. Joseph's (Langston Galloway)

Galloway's Hawks made the tournament in his senior season. They lost to the eventual national champs, UConn, in the first round. Tough draw.

Midwest Region

No. 10: Syracuse (Carmelo Anthony)

Ever the loser, Melo could only cut it in college for one year ... as he led the Orange to their only national title in school history. Aside from this -- and the two Olympic gold medals -- dude has never won a damn thing.

South Region

No. 6: Arizona (Derrick Williams)

No. 11: Wichita State (Cleanthony Early)

Looks like we got some first-round Knick-on-Knick alumni action in the first round! Derrick Williams made quite a name for himself in the 2011 tourney, dropping 32 points and 13 rebounds in an upset of Duke. Cle transferred to Wichita State from junior college in 2012 and helped the Shockers to a Cinderella run to the Final Four.

East Region

No. 6: Notre Dame (Jerian Grant)

Grant was on the wrong end of perhaps the most memorable moment of the 2015 tourney, as his last-second miss over the outstretched hands of Willie Cauley-Stein kept Notre Dame from shocking undefeated Kentucky in the Elite Eight.