President Barack Obama has filled out his NCAA tournament bracket once again this season, and the picks are quite interesting, to say the least.
We won't go into every pick, but one eye-popping selection that should be noted is that he has the No. 11 seed Belmont Bruins defeating No. 6 seed Arizona in the round of 64. Belmont can definitely score points effectively, but it's certainly going to be interesting to see how it matches up against a tough and experienced program in the Wildcats.
Similarly, Obama has picked No. 11 seed Minnesota to defeat No. 6 seed UCLA in the same round. Seeing as how the Golden Gophers have tremendous athleticism from Trevor Mbakwe and others, and UCLA just lost a key player in Jordan Adams, this pick could definitely become a reality.
Let's fast forward to the picks that matter and make people crazy, such as the Sweet 16 and beyond. Not only does President Obama have top-seeded Louisville defeating feisty Saint Louis to reach the Elite Eight, but he also has the hot-shooting Duke Blue Devils defeating the tough defense of Michigan State.
But here is where it gets truly interesting. The President has picked No. 5 seed Wisconsin to take down No. 1 seed Gonzaga, setting up an Elite Eight against Ohio State, who will have defeated New Mexico. Nothing screams drama like a rematch of the Big Ten Championship Game, and Wisconsin will definitely be out for revenge.
On the other side of the bracket, Obama has Trey Burke and the Michigan Wolverines defeating No. 1 seed Kansas, plus No. 3 seed Florida beating out Washington D.C.'s own Georgetown Hoyas, a No. 2 seed. He also has Indiana beating Syracuse and Miami defeating Marquette.
The Elite Eight is fairly straightforward and without drama. Florida beats Michigan, Indiana beats Miami, Ohio State defeats Wisconsin once again, and Louisville takes down Duke.
This gives President Obama a Final Four that is as follows: Florida, Indiana, Ohio State and Louisville.
Not surprisingly, he has the two No. 1 seeds in Indiana and Louisville meeting in the championship game, with Indiana's overall depth pulling off the victory against the fast and feisty Cardinals.
That all being said, while President Obama's bracket features some unconventional choices, it's certainly going to be interesting to see how well his choices pan out. Though he did correctly pick North Carolina to win it all in 2009, he hasn't had as much success with the bracket since then.
Hopefully, this year will see his second term start off with a bang in Bracket-land.
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