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Some of the men responsible for busting President Obama’s bracket visit White House

President Obama fills out his 2011 basketball bracket during an interview with Andy Katz of ESPN in the White House Library on March 15, 2011. (Pete Souza/White House)

Each March, President Obama releases his bracket picks for the NCAA tournament. And year after year, the public learns one thing: Don't follow his advice.

On Wednesday, some of the men held responsible for those outcomes came to the White House.

A group of college basketball coaches, including Jim Boeheim of Syracuse University, Villanova University's Jay Wright and Kevin Ollie, coach of the NCAA champion University of Connecticut, toured the White House and were invited into the Oval Office, according to Boeheim's wife. Also in attendance? Michigan State University coach Tom Izzo. Obama picked the Spartans to win the entire tournament, but they lost in the Elite Eight.

Juli Boeheim said Obama opened the door to the Oval Office for the coaches and asked whether UConn women's coach Geno Auriemma was tired of visiting the White House after so many national championships.

Vice President Biden, a Syracuse law graduate, had his sights set on meeting one person, Juli Boeheim told

"The President said, 'All Biden wants is to see Boeheim,' " Juli Boeheim said.

The coaches were in town for a panel discussion on leadership at the Pentagon.

Katie Zezima is a national political correspondent covering the 2016 presidential election. She previously served as a White House correspondent for The Post.



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