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Obama picks Tar Heels to win men’s NCAA tournament

President Obama hopes North Carolina will be a lucky charm for him this fall. Now he’s trying to return the favor.

Obama, who will accept a nomination for a second term at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte in September, has selected the University of North Carolina Tar Heels as his winners of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. The president revealed his selection Wednesday by filling out his tournament brackets on ESPN.

This has been a winning combination before. In 2009, Obama’s first year in office, he picked the Tar Heels to win it all — and they did.

Rounding out Obama’s Final Four this year are Kentucky, Missouri and Ohio State. He has North Carolina beating Kentucky in the final.

The president attended his first NCAA tournament game while in office Tuesday night in Dayton, Ohio, where he brought visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron with him to watch the first play-in game between Western Kentucky and Mississippi Valley State.

Obama said he will only be able to catch “snippets” of the rest of the tournament on television.

But, he told CBS Sports basketball analyst Clark Kellogg, “I was explaining to the prime minister that part of what makes this wonderful is that anybody, at least at the start of the tournament, has a dream about winning it.”

David Nakamura covers the White House. He has previously covered sports, education and city government and reported from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Japan.


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