Former President Obama finally revealed his long awaited bracket for the 2019 NCAA March Madness tournament today.
And while he only has two No. 1 seeds in his men’s Final Four – fewer than he’s often had in the past – his title picks are as unsurprising as can be.
Duke versus North Carolina.
Obama, continuing his “presidential bracket” tradition published his brackets less than an hour before the start of the first round of the men’s tournament.
Here it is:
Obama, a noted basketball fan who was known as Barry O’Bomber in High School for his skills on the court, has made it an annual tradition to fill out a bracket for the men’s and women’s tournaments.
In the women’s tournament, Obama has perennial contender UConn defeating No. 1 seed Baylor.
The former president’s picks have historically erred on the safe side, typically selecting top seeds in each region to make the Final Four.
His Final Four this year includes two No. 2 seeds — Michigan and Tennessee.
The former president correctly picked UNC to win the tournament in 2009.
He picked two Final Four teams in 2012, and one each in 2013 and 2014.
Last year, he picked Michigan State to beat Virginia for the championship.
Virginia lost in the first round, the first No. 1 seed to lose to a No. 16 in tournament history.
Michigan State didn’t make it out of the second round.
Obama was in attendance at a recent game between Duke and North Carolina when Duke star Zion Williamson broke through his shoe, injuring his knee.
Current President Donald Trump does not fill out brackets.