President Obama Reveals Final Four Picks

President Obama

President Obama Reveals Final Four Picks

"I know these are not imaginative picks, but I think they're the right ones," says POTUS.

Published March 19, 2014

A partial list of President Obama's Final Four picks were revealed on ESPN Tuesday (March 18).  For the sixth straight year in a row, the commander-in-chief filled out his March Madness bracket picks with ESPN's Andy Katz.

Obama chose Florida, Arizona, Michigan State and defending champion Louisville to be the last four teams standing in the Men's NCAA tournament, Katz revealed. "He really wrestled with how far to progress Creighton and Wisconsin," Katz said. "What to do with Louisville as the no. 4 seed, and that loaded bracket in the Midwest."

The network released the entire bracket on SportsCenter Wednesday (March 19), with the president landing on Michigan State as his top choice. "Tom Izzo is a great tournament coach," Obama said. "I've got Michigan State going all the way."

He added, "I know these are not imaginative picks, but they're the right ones."

Obama has picked three teams over the last five years to make it to the national championship: Indiana in 2013, North Carolina in 2012 and 2009, and Kansas in 2010 and 2011. The Tar Heels' 2009 win is the only championship team that the president has picked correctly. 

His 2013 picks ranked him in the 74.4 percentile at 2,080,996 out 8.15 million entries on's Men's Tournament Challenge.

On the women's side, he named Connecticut, Stanford, Notre Dame and Louisville as Final Four contenders. He has picked women's tournament teams for the last five years in a row.

The full women's list will be unveiled on ESPN Friday (March 21).   

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Written by Latifah Muhammad


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