Obama's March Madness Bracket Has A UNC-Duke Final

Obama's March Madness Bracket Has A UNC-Duke Final

During his eight years in office, Obama made a tradition of filling out his NCAA Tournament bracket - typically alongside college basketball analyst Andy Katz - for the world to see. Prairie View and North Carolina Central are the HBCU teams in the tournament - regardless of winning the respective SWAC and MEAC conference tournaments, both were relegated to playing in "First Four" play-in games. But what about No.3 Purdue, who finished with a share of the Big Ten regular-season title and had 14 wins in 16 games before being ousted from the conference tournament? In the East, Duke is joined by the No. 2 seed Michigan State Spartans, the No. 4 seed Virginia Tech Hokies and No. 6 seed Maryland Terrapins. Yet, everybody's optimism seems to return year in and year out and they'll find themselves believing they'll be at the top of the twenty-three pools they entered.

Let me make some random predictions. I think Virginia gets wins over Gardner-Webb and Ole Miss before they run into Wisconsin in the Sweet 16. If Gonzaga makes it to the Elite Eight, they could face arguably the weakest No. 2 seed in the bracket in MI. Tennessee in the Final Four?

The West Region is headed up by No. 1 seed Gonzaga, with MI earning the No. 2 seed. "Why didn't I pick them?"

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As mentioned earlier, he has Duke streaking to the Final Four, predicting that Mike Krzyzewski will improve to 12-1 over Michigan State's Tom Izzo with an Elite 8 triumph. Right now, I think Duke is the best team in the country when at full strength. Now, the Tar Heels are flying under the radar in a winnable Midwest bracket. Much like their matchup with Kentucky, a game with Tennessee is a very comparable matchup for North Carolina. Win or lose the game, it's a win for the Bison players either way.

While the Tar Heels fell, 74-73, to Duke with Zion back in the lineup for the ACC Title Game, UNC has already beaten the Blue Devils twice this season. The other No. 1 seeds, North Carolina, Virginia and Gonzaga, all three who faced Duke a total of five times this season, are confident they can be the team cutting down the nets April 8 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, where the Final Four will be held.

Michigan State will be led by junior point guard Cassius Winston in the backcourt.

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