President Obama Makes 2011 NCAA Tournament Picks

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March Madness is back at the White House, and President Barack Obama picked each of the four No. 1 seeds to advance to the Final Four.

For the third straight year, Obama has filled out an NCAA tournament bracket for ESPN.com senior college basketball writer Andy Katz. The president says Duke, Kansas, Ohio State and Pittsburgh will make the men’s Final Four, the matchups being Duke vs. Ohio State and Kansas vs. Pitt.

Obama’s national champion: Kansas, the top seed in the Southwest, over the Buckeyes, the No. 1 overall seed of the 68-team tournament.

“Kansas has more firepower,” Obama told Katz.

The president’s men’s bracket, including his choice for national champion, was revealed Wednesday on “SportsCenter.”

In the 64-team women’s tournament, Obama predicts Baylor, UConn, Stanford and Tennessee will advance to the Final Four. His full selections for the women’s bracket will be unveiled at 9 a.m. ET Friday on “SportsCenter.”

The basketball-player-in-chief is 1-1 when it comes to men’s college basketball national championships.

He correctly picked North Carolina to win in 2009. Last year, he went with Kansas, but Duke ended up taking home the trophy.

(Information from EPSN, The Associated Press was used in this report.)

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