As President of the United States Donald Trump declined to fill out an NCAA Tournament bracket this year, former President Barack Obama is still an active member of March Madness.
Obama’s picks for the tournament were posted on his website on March 15th.
The ex-President picked Duke and North Carolina to meet for the 2017 National Championship on April 4th, with the Tar Heels pulling out the victory. Along with Duke and North Carolina, Obama’s Final Four included Kansas and Arizona.
The 55-year-old from Honolulu, Hawaii made a surprising pick in sending the No. 7 seed Michigan Wolverines to the Elite Eight. He has Michigan defeating Oklahoma State, Louisville, and Oregon before losing to Kansas.
Back in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, Obama picked No. 4 Michigan to reach the Elite Eight. He thought the Wolverines would beat South Dakota State, VCU, and Kansas. Michigan took it a step further and topped Florida and Syracuse to advance to the championship game against Louisville, which ended in a loss for the Maize and Blue.
Will the Wolverines go farther than Obama predicts in the 2017 NCAA Tournament? Only time will tell.