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U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan has wagered with a Pennsylvania senator that the University of Michigan will prevail in Monday’s national championship game between Michigan and Villanova University.

Stabenow, a Lansing Democrat, bet Bob Casey Jr. “some of our amazing Michigan craft beer” that UM would win, she said, issuing the NCAA men’s basketball tournament challenge on Twitter.

Casey accepted, saying he would wager some of Pennsylvania’s “finest beverages & graciously receive the Michigan craft beer when @NovaMBB wins.”

Casey, a Democrat from Scranton, then promptly brought up a sore spot, tweeting a video clip of then UM Chris Webber erroneously calling a time out during the 1993 NCAA championship game between Michigan and North Carolina – which likely cost his team the game.

“Also, @SenStabenow I found this and thought I would pass it along in preparation for tonight’s game,” Casey tweeted with the video clip.

Stabenow responded with the “Anchor Man” meme: “Well, that escalated quickly.”

She added, “Go Blue!”

Stabenow graduated from Michigan State University, and Casey went to the College of the Holy Cross.

This is the second known bet between members of Michigan’s congressional delegation and other lawmakers.

U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell won her wager with Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Illinois, when Michigan beat Loyola-Chicago by 12 points on Saturday to advance to Monday’s championship game.

Schakowsky will have to wear a Michigan jersey for a day. There has been no announcement yet on when Schakowsky will wear the maize and blue jersey.

mburke@detroitnews.com

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