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President Obama picks Michigan State to win NCAA tournament (video)

If President Obama is right, Tom Izzo (with Branden Dawson) will be celebrating on April 7. (Kiichiro Sato / AP)

The First Bracketeer has weighed in on the eve of the NCAA tournament, and he’s picked two No. 1 seeds and two No. 4 seeds to go to the Final Four.

President Obama chose Florida, Arizona, Michigan State and Louisville to duke it out on the NCAA tournament’s final weekend, with Michigan State and Louisville advancing to the April 7 championship game, where he thinks the Spartans will end the Cardinals’ bid for a repeat title.

“Tom Izzo is a great tournament coach,” Obama told Andy Katz in ESPN’s “Barack-etology” show. “I’ve got Michigan State going all the way…. He knows how to motivate folks, and he knows how to coach. My pick: Michigan State. Bring it home for me. It’s been a while since I’ve won my pool.”

[Read the nine things you need to know before making your own picks.]

Obama admitted that his Final Four choices “are not imaginative picks, but I think they’re the right ones.” Given his track record, his Michigan State pick is going to please a lot of people. Last year, he picked Indiana to win it all; the Hoosiers lost to Syracuse in an East Regional semifinal. He had Louisville losing in the final. Oops.

He has picked Kansas twice, in 2010 and 2011, and whiffed both times. He has gone with North Carolina twice, in 2009 and 2012, and hit the jackpot in ’09, when the Tar Heels beat Michigan State.

Last year, Obama’s bracket finished 2,080,996th among 8.15 million entries in ESPN’s bracket contest.

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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