Obama’s Bracket: President Feeling Confident, Unveils NCAA Tournament Picks

Wednesday, 20 Mar 2013 02:55 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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President Barack Obama unveiled his NCAA tournament picks to ESPN on Tuesday: The Final Four will be Louisville, Indiana, Ohio State, and Florida. Louisville and Indiana then will go head to head in the championship. The champions? Indiana.

Despite an iffy record on past picks (he named only six of the 20 most recent Final Four teams), Obama told ESPN’s Andy Katz that he’s “ready to win some money” on his bracket.

The tournament started March 19 with 68 teams shooting for the top four slots, and the championship game will be in Atlanta on April 8.

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The president’s picks feature some upsets – University of Kansas drops to Michigan and Gonzaga losing to Wisconsin, for instance. But according to the National Journal – and phrased in the kindest possible way – it may not be safe to fill out your bracket by following Obama’s example. Despite a well-known love for the game, Obama isn’t known for the accuracy of his picks.

This is the fifth year that Obama has given ESPN an exclusive interview to unveil his NCAA picks. The annual event started when Katz interviewed then Sen. Obama and afterwards said, “If you win, I want to come to the White House and fill out the bracket."

"He looked at me and he said, ‘Okay,’” said Katz, who immediately looked around the room to identify witnesses to the commitment. Obama has followed through on it each year since his election.

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An ESPN behind-the-scenes video highlighted the difficulty of setting up the event, dealing with security and the myriad details that go into getting a private conference with the president.

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