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Doug McDermott, playing for Creighton University in 2014. Photo courtesy of Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU)

Doug McDermott, playing for Creighton University in 2014. Photo courtesy of Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU)

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(RNS) Why are so many Catholic schools in the top ranks of NCAA men’s basketball? It may have a lot to do with the Irish potato famine, American nativism and 20th-century Italian demographics.