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Suns coach takes on grandma, 85, in March Madness Challenge

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He's the head coach of the Phoenix Suns, whose team is battling out for a playoff spot. But Alvin Gentry is about take on his biggest challenge yet against his toughest competitor.

Gladys Ehrhardt, 85, from Scottsdale is going head-to-head with Gentry to see who can pick the most winners to this years NCAA College Basketball Tournament.

"My goal is to take her down, OK?" said Gentry. "Take her down and win."

Ehrhardt sat down and made her picks this week at the city of Scottsdale's Granite Reef Senior Center.

The grandmother's picks were not based on any basketball knowledge.

"Line dancing, I like that," said Ehrhardt.

Her selections were based more on life experience, like when she took Louisville to reach the Final Four.

"They are famous for their horse races," said Ehrhardt. "I had a brother that lived there."

Gentry based his picks on his vast basketball IQ.

"Just guys I know," said Gentry. "I still know a lot of guys in college. Kentucky is by far the best team in the country."

However, Ehrhardt may have an edge when it comes to endurance.

The senior citizen "gym rat" works out five days a week, and that has the coach worried about an upset.

Both competitors picked Kentucky to win it all, which means some of the early round picks could make a big difference.

"I've got to say, good luck, coach," Ehrhardt said. 

"If I am ever going to lose to someone, I would like for it to be a nice 85-year-old grandma," Gentry said.

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