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Obama reveals his NCAA tournament brackets and they’re full of chalk

Obama reveals his NCAA tournament brackets and they're full of chalk

Obama is a longtime college basketball fan, but he’s not a fan of upsets apparently. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press)

Move over, Trump drama and NCAA basketball scandal. Former president Barack Obama has filled out NCAA tournament brackets for both the men’s and women’s field.

Finally, something fun to talk about.

Obama has filled out a bracket and released it publicly every year since 2009, his first year in office. He generally doesn’t pick a lot of upsets, and he’s fond of college basketball blue bloods: North Carolina, Kansas, Duke, Michigan State. Not a lot of mid-majors have (the audacity of) hope to advance in the former president’s pool.

The pattern holds for 2018. Obama has Virginia, North Carolina, Villanova and Michigan State in the Final Four in the men’s tournament, with the Spartans winning it all.

He has Connecticut (shocker), Notre Dame, Mississippi State and Louisville in the women’s bracket, with the Huskies cutting down the nets for the 12th time in school history.

And though No. 44 might joke about poor pick ’em skills, give him credit for his bang-up job in 2017. He correctly chose North Carolina as the men’s champion.

President Trump did not fill out a bracket in 2017 and has not said whether he’ll fill one out this year. If he’s planning to, he’d better hurry. The round of 64 starts Thursday, and no one likes late entries into the office pool, even the Oval Office.

Read more on the tournament:

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Five Cinderellas who can reach the Sweet 16, including a No. 16 seed

The most vulnerable top seeds in the NCAA tournament

The three best bets to win the 2018 NCAA tournament

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