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March Madness: The Backstreet Boys predict Miami in the Final Four

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Howie Dorough, from left, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, AJ McLean and Brian Littrell of the Backstreet Boys pose in the press room for the MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Monday, August 20, 2018 in New York City.

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Hours before the Miami Hurricanes took on Iowa State in the Sweet 16, it was revealed how popular the Canes were at this year’s March Madness tournament with a popular 90s music group.

According to a tweet from AthleticismFinal Four and five-member Backstreet Boys champion predictions were posted on social media site Twitter.

And all five members have Miami reaching the Final Four. Howie Dorough and Nick Carter predict UM will win the national title, while AJ McLean picked UCLA, Kevin Richardson picked Kansas and Brian Littrell predicted Duke will be the national champion this season.

Dorough, McLean and Littrell have already lost a Final Four team they predicted when Michigan lost Thursday to Villanova. Richardson lost a Final Four team when Gonzaga fell to Arkansas on Thursday and Carter lost two teams with Texas Tech and Arizona eliminated Thursday.

The Backstreet Boys were formed in Orlando and rose to worldwide fame in the 1990s with their self-titled debut and second album, Backstreet’s Back.

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Miami Hurricanes head coach Jim Larrañaga calls out as the Hurricanes host the Florida State Seminoles at the Watsco Center in Coral Gables, Fla. on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald/TNS) Al Diaz TNS

The band’s third studio album, Millenium, sold over 15 million copies thanks to the lead single, “I Want It That Way”.

To date, they have released nine albums and had residencies in Las Vegas.

And apparently, they’re all big Miami Hurricane fans…at least for this year’s NCAA Tournament.

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Howie Dorough, from left, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, AJ McLean and Brian Littrell of the Backstreet Boys pose in the press room for the MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Monday, August 20, 2018 in New York City. Evan Agostini Vision/AP

This story was originally published March 25, 2022 5:38 p.m.

Jason, a sports journalist, has covered high school, college and professional sports since joining the Bradenton Herald in 2010. He has won Florida Press Club awards for sports writing and reporting. He currently writes articles on college and professional sports for the McClatchy East Region Realtime Team.