(WASHINGTON) — It’s Baracketology at the White House. With March Madness set to begin, President Obama has picked Michigan State — the No. 4 seed — to win the NCAA tournament.
The president has Michigan State knocking off defending champ Louisville in the title game. He also has Arizona and Florida going to the tournament’s Final Four.
“I know these are not imaginative picks,” Obama told ESPN’s Andy Katz as he filled in his NCAA Tournament brackets. “But I think they’re the right ones.”
“He’s all in on [Michigan State head coach] Tom Izzo. Loves Tom Izzo,” said Katz, who has filled out brackets for ESPN specials with the president since he took office. “Clearly, when Izzo met with the president earlier this year, when he was in East Lansing, that had some influence on him. And he’s riding Tom Izzo and Michigan State.”
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John Newsome and Anne Woolsey, CNN