Saturday 17 March 2018

Barack Obama reveals his picks for the 2018 NCAA Tournament

He is predicting Michigan State to win the men’s title and UConn to take the women’s championship.

Barack Obama
Barack Obama

By AP reporters

Barack Obama has shared his picks for a US basketball competition.

The former US president’s NCAA Tournament brackets for 2018 show Michigan State winning the men’s title and UConn winning the women’s championship.

Obama has the Spartans beating Bucknell, Syracuse, Duke, and top-seeded Kansas to reach the Final Four along with defending national champion North Carolina, Villanova, and Virginia. Then he has Michigan State topping Villanova in the national semi finals and Virginia, the tournament’s top seed, for the national championship.

On the women’s side, Obama has the unbeaten Huskies, the overall No 1 seed, defeating Saint Francis, Quinnipiac, Duke, and South Carolina to reach the Final Four along with Louisville, Notre Dame and Mississippi State.

UConn beats longtime rival Notre Dame in the national semi finals and Mississippi State for the title.

The picks were posted on Wednesday on the Obama Foundation’s website and by Obama on Twitter.

Last year he picked the North Carolina men and UConn women to win, and at least the Tar Heels obliged. The Huskies had their 111-game winning streak snapped by Mississippi State in last year’s Final Four.

It’s unclear whether President Donald Trump will fill out a bracket.

He declined an invitation last year from ESPN to do so on-air, as Obama did during his presidency.

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