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Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 03/14/2012

Obama unveils NCAA tournament bracket, picks UNC to beat Kentucky in title game (Video)

In 2009, President Barack Obama picked North Carolina to cut down the nets at the Final Four.

The Tar Heels came through for the Commander in Chief, rolling over Michigan State in Detroit to claim their sixth national championship.

This March, the President is going back to the well.

Obama unveiled his very chalky bracket on ESPN on Wednesday morning, which included a very top-heavy Final Four.

Top seeds Kentucky and North Carolina and No. 2 seeds Missouri and Ohio State make up Obama’s Final Four, and he has the Tar Heels avenging an early season loss to Kentucky in the title game.

“They’re an older team, a more experienced team,” Obama said of the Tar Heels. “And, since they won it for me the last time I picked them, hopefully I’ll be able to get a little more redemption for the last two years.”

Obama has every top-four seed advancing to his Sweet 16 with two exceptions — he picked fifth-seeded New Mexico to beat Louisville in the West and No. 11 seed N.C. State to get past Georgetown in the Midwest.

He picked Kansas to win it all each of the last two years, only to see the Jayhawks fall short.

“They broke my heart each year,” Obama said. “I told (Kansas coach Bill) Self that when I saw him. I said, ‘C’mon man, you’re killing me.”

In 2008, Obama scrimmaged with the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill. North Carolina won the national title the following spring.

“I’m just a sucker for the Tar Heels,” he said.

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