Monday, June 24, 2024

Pres. Obama Fills Out March Madness Bracket, Picks Wildcats

President Barack Obama bracket picks for the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama bracket picks for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

*President Barack Obama and pretty much everyone else has picked Kentucky to win the 2015 NCAA men’s basketball championship.

The die-hard basketball fan who has filled out a bracket for ESPN since his first year in office, picked Kentucky to beat Villanova in the title game. His complete bracket was revealed Wednesday morning.

Obama has Kentucky beating Arizona and Villanova beating Duke in the national semifinals, which are set for April 4-6 in Indianapolis.

The White House bracket includes several early-round upsets. Obama has No. 10 Davidson getting to the Sweet 16, beating No. 7 Iowa in the second round and second-seeded Gonzaga in the third round before losing to Iowa State.

His other opening-weekend upsets include 12th-seeded Buffalo beating No. 5 West Virginia in the Midwest, 11th-seeded Texas beating No. 6 Butler in the Midwest and 12th-seeded Wyoming beating No. 5 Northern Iowa in the East.

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Obama already has one loss on his sheet: He had 11th-seeded BYU knocking off sixth-seeded Xavier in the West. BYU lost its opening-round game Tuesday to Ole Miss.

Last year, President Obama finished in the 72.9 percentile overall, but missed on national champion Connecticut (he had Michigan State beating Louisville in the title game). His best finish since becoming president was in 2011, when he was in the 87.4 percentile despite picking Kansas to win the national title (Connecticut won it all that year as well).

Obama did correctly pick North Carolina to win in 2009.

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