Obama was almost equally as conservative when making his picks for the women’s tournament, with the exception of placing No. 3 seed Washington in the Final Four over No. 1 seed Baylor and No. 2 seed Mississippi State. In what’s likely a clerical error, Obama has Washington beating Notre Dame to get there, but Notre Dame is actually in a different bracket. (And actually, Obama picked the Fighting Irish to make it to the championship game against U-Conn., who he picked to win it all.)
Besides what appear to be clerical errors (both Arizona and the errant Notre Dame appear in the same spots in Obama’s men’s tournament bracket), Obama’s picks largely mirror what he’s done in the past. That is, he mostly picks the favorites, which isn’t a bad strategy. Had he stuck strictly to the plan last year in the men’s tournament, he might have avoided picking No. 4 seed Kentucky to go all the way. Kentucky ended up falling out in the Elite 8 to Indiana, while No. 1 seeds Villanova, whom Obama picked to lose to Kentucky, and North Carolina played for the championship. Villanova ended up winning, 77-74.