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Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 03/17/2010

Obama praises JTIII, disses Gary Williams

In a move sure to earn him everlasting love in College Park, Barack Obama managed to comment on the coaching skills of both Gary Williams and John Thompson III while breaking down his bracket with ESPN's Andy Katz. Obama seems to think more highly of the Georgetown coach.

"I like Michigan State here," Obama said, in picking the Spartans to get by the Terps in the second round. "Maryland's got a great player, but Michigan State's got a great coach, and I think that makes the difference."

I mean, Maryland has a coach who's won 600 games and a national championship, but whatever. Let's move on. (Oh, wait, it turns out House Republicans also hate the Terps, with 132 voting against a resolution congratulating them on their basketball success.)

Anyhow, Katz later pointed out that Obama saw the Hoyas in person, when they were at their best.

"I did," Obama agreed. "They don't have any seniors on their team. They're a young team, but I think they're getting better. I think Thompson does a great job, and so I'm feeling pretty good about Georgetown making a nice little run."

So Georgetown has a great coach, and Maryland doesn't. Pretty clear. Maybe he's stumping for votes in D.C. or something. He went further with the Hoyas, predicting a win over Ohio State in the regional semifinals.

"This is gonna be a good game," the president said. "I think [Evan] Turner's the best player in the country but I don't think the rest of the team can match up. I'm picking Georgetown."

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