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Will Longhorns Coach Smart Run Away With This NCAA Home Challenge?

March Madness, real-estate style

This is so fun, and we're kicking ourselves for not thinking of it. Just ahead of the first round of the men's NCAA March Madness tournament (in which the UT men's team will play North Iowa in Oklahoma City), national real estate brokerage Redfin has posted its brackets—for which coach has the best house.

Up this week are the No. 3 seed (in the Redfin tournament, not the other one) UC Berkeley coach Cuonzo Martin and—wait for it—Longhorns coach Shaka Smart, seeded at No. 2.

In our completely unbiased opinion, Smart's house is easily the strongest contender. The five-bedroom Tarrytown home features subtle, rich touches and natural light filtered by big oaks that surround the property, which also includes a pretty lap pool. It's practically on Lake Austin and has Hill Country views. According to Redfin, the property, which Smart bought in May, has already appreciated from $2.5 million to $2.89 million.

Martin's Bay Area house has taken longer to appreciate (from $2.5 million to $2.64 million) and has done so at a lower rate. The Italianate home is smaller than Smart's but somehow looks more ungainly, and the interiors look nice but undistinguished. It's in the Piedmont area (whatever that means) and has San Francisco and bay views.

We're not going to tell you how to vote (which you can do here), but remember: the eyes of Texas are upon you.