Obama Picks Michigan State, UConn to Win NCAA Tournaments

Updated: 03/21/2014 11:41 AM
Created: 03/19/2014 2:30 PM

President Barack Obama is picking Michigan State and UConn to win the NCAA men's and women's basketball championships. In what has become an annual March Madness tradition at the White House, Obama filled out a bracket in a segment broadcast on ESPN.

Obama picked Michigan State to win the NCAA men's basketball championship over defending champion Louisville.

Florida and Arizona rounded out Obama's Final Four picks. But he said the talents of Michigan State coach Tom Izzo made him pick the Spartans to go all the way.

Obama said he knows his picks aren't imaginative but expressed hope they'd help him win his pool this year. He noted that he hasn't had a lot of luck with his picks in the past.

Last year he correctly picked Louisville to play in the championship game, but wrongly said the Cardinals would lose to Indiana.

Obama picked Connecticut to repeat in the NCAA women's basketball tournament. He chose undefeated Connecticut and Notre Dame to play in the April 9th final. He has Stanford and Louisville rounding out the Final Four.
Obama says he knows it gets boring to keep picking Connecticut. But he predicts he'll be hosting the Huskies at the White House once again.
At last year's ceremony, the president promised Connecticut center Stefanie Dolson that he would take her on in a dance-off if she made it back.
He tells ESPN he'll stick to the promise, "as long as it's not televised."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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