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UCLA head coach Ben Howland chats with Luc Richard Mbah a Moute following their 73-57 defeat to Florida in the Final Four national championship basketball game in Indianapolis, Monday, April 3, 2006. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
updated 4/4/2006 12:38:39 PM ET 2006-04-04T16:38:39

College basketball fans may have been surprised to turn on their computers Monday morning and find an e-mail from Inc. proclaiming, "UCLA Wins." The online retailer mistakenly sent the e-mail to customers ahead of the NCAA championship game Monday night between the Florida Gators and the UCLA Bruins.

The body of the e-mail included the message "Congratulations (placeholder for winning team)," and went on to offer customers the chance to purchase an NCAA cap and other goods.

"I don't know if we had some Bruins who were wishful thinking," spokeswoman Patty Smith said, adding, "Clearly, it was a mistake." Florida won the championship game .

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