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#pounditTuesday, August 11, 2020

Barack Obama bracket reveals president likes Michigan State


President Barack Obama completed his official 2014 NCAA Tournament on Wednesday during a segment ESPN has so cleverly labeled “Barack-etology.” As usual, the president did not go with many shocking upsets or surprise Cinderella stories. He usually sticks to the chalk.

Obama did, however, pick two No. 4 seeds to reach the national championship game. He had No. 1 seeds Arizona and Florida reaching the Final Four but losing to No. 4 seeds Michigan State and Louisville. Unlike Del, Obama does not envision the Cardinals pulling off the repeat. He thinks Tom Izzo is a “great tournament coach” who will work magic with his now healthy Spartans team.

If you are one of those people who hates going with the consensus, you should avoid picking Louisville and Michigan State to reach the final game. Everyone loves the Spartans and Cardinals, presumably because it gives them a reason to predict “upsets” by picking a lower seed. Several ESPN experts picked Michigan State to cut down the nets as well.

Last year, Obama finished in the top 74 percent of ESPN brackets. He’s actually a big college basketball fan, so he seems to know what he’s talking about. You could do worse than taking the president’s advice, but I’d recommend going with your gut.

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