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2013 NCAA tournament: Obama picks his Final Four

President Obama and Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron watched a first-round game in Dayton last year. (Carolyn Kaster / AP)

President Obama, America’s First Bracketologist, has submitted his NCAA tournament predictions, as he does each year, to ESPN, which will reveal the full bracket this morning.

His Final Four: No. 1 seeds Louisville and Indiana, No. 2 seed Ohio State and No. 3 seed Florida. In his women’s bracket, which will be unveiled Friday, he picks Baylor, Connecticut, Notre Dame and California to make the Final Four.


Obama has filled out a bracket, at least publicly, for the last four years. Last year, he correctly picked two Final Four teams (Ohio State — hmmm, there’s a trend here — and Kentucky) and picked North Carolina to win the title. The Tar Heels lost in the Elite Eight. In 2009, he did better with UNC, which won it all.

In 2010 and 2011, Obama went with Kansas to win the title — and the Jayhawks lost early both times. In 2011, though, he got some serious bragging rights by correctly picking the winner in 29 of the first 32 games. That placed him 492nd out of 5.9 million brackets at that point.

ESPN made only the Final Four picks available ahead of today’s big reveal.

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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Cindy Boren · March 19, 2013