Mar 19, 2014 10:01 AM EDT
Barack Obama NCAA Tournament Bracket 2014 UPDATED: President Reveals National Championship Pick
For the sixth year in a row, President Barack Obama has filled out an NCAA Tournament bracket to share with the nation.
On a segment of ESPN's "SportsCenter" called "Barack-etology," a play on words with bracketology, the President's Final Four picks were revealed. Although, Obama's National Championship picks are to be unveiled later Wednesday.
CLICK HERE to watch the President make his picks.
Obama selected Florida (1) to come out of the South region, Michigan State (4) out of the East, Arizona (1) out of the West and Louisville (4) out of the Midwest.
Jay Bilas, Digger Phelps, Jay Williams and Dick Vitale, four of ESPN's college basketball experts selected Michigan State to win the tournament. Nate Silver's in-depth statistical analysis on FiveThirtyEight.com chose Louisville to win it all. While selecting two four-seeds to make the Final Four is typically a risky decision, Louisville and Michigan State seem like favorites in this year's tournament. There is also some debate swirling that they were seeded too low.
An avid basketball fan, the President's track record with NCAA Tournament brackets has been hit or miss. In 2013, he predicted Louisville would make the title game, which they did, only Obama through they would lose to Indiana. Louisville beat Michigan.
Obama once again picked the championship team to lose in the final game in 2012. His 2012 bracket had UNC beating Kentucky, but the Wildcats beat Kansas for the title that year. In 2011, none of Obama's Final Four teams even made the Elite Eight. That year, UConn beat Butler for the title, but the President picked Kansas to beat Ohio State.
2010 was also a miss for Obama, who chose Kansas to beat Kentucky, but that year Duke beat Kentucky. His first bracket as President, in 2009, was the only year he correctly picked the winner. Obama chose UNC to beat Louisville, but the Tar Heels defeated Michigan State for the title game.
(The author of this article corrected Florida's bracket region from West to South).
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