President Barack Obama flexed his basketball knowledge early by correctly picking North Carolina to win the 2009 NCAA tournament in his first presidential bracket. Since then, Obama has continued to pick blue bloods to win the title but failed to hit on a winner.
Although he has picked the team twice unsuccessfully, President Obama is hoping to finish his presidential Bracketology duties with another correct pick by selecting Kansas, the overall No. 1 seed, to win it all in 2016.
“Terrific players like Ellis, Selden. They’ve got a terrific coach in Bill Self. They haven’t been flawless all year, but they’ve been steady,” the president said of the Jayhawks during his annual segment with ESPN’s Andy Katz.
Though the segment doesn’t have Obama breaking down his first and second-round picks, he did admit to a “homer” pick of Hawaii — his home state — to win its first game against Cal. The President also has Texas A&M reaching the Final Four from the West Region before falling to the Jayhawks in Houston. On the other side of the bracket, he’s got North Carolina coming out of the East and beating Michigan State, after picking Sparty to beat Virginia for the third straight year, in the Final Four.