President Obama Makes His Pick to Win the 2016 NCAA Tournament

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President Obama Makes His Pick to Win the 2016 NCAA Tournament

Who does the POTUS pencil in as national champs?

Published March 16, 2016

President Obama is just like everybody else — he fills out an NCAA Tournament bracket, too.

In fact, throughout the commander-in-chief's tenure in office, he has made it an annual tradition to share his picks publicly with ESPN and the masses, with this being his eighth and final year of doing so.

That being said, which squad does the POTUS like to win it all this year? None other than one of the Tournament's top seeds, Kansas.

The president told ESPN that he sees the Jayhawks getting past Texas A&M, North Carolina and Michigan State, before being crowned national champs on April 4 in Houston.

Peep game.

"Bill Self owes me," Obama told ESPN, joking about Kansas's longtime coach. "I'm putting Kansas in here. Coach, I'm just teasing. I'm not putting pressure on you. But I think the Jayhawks in a squeaker get past UNC."

He added that he often leans towards veteran coaches, like Self, when making his picks every year.

Let's see if President Obama could leave office like he started — by successfully predicting the NCAA Tournament champion.

In 2009, his first year in office, Obama correctly chose North Carolina as national champs, but has failed to select the winner ever since.

Hey, us, too, Mr. President. Filling out a bracket isn't easy.

Perhaps these tips will save you from having your brackets busted, though.

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Written by Mark Lelinwalla


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