WASHINGTON (USA Today) -- The first time Barack Obama filled out an NCAA tournament bracket as president, he ended up picking the eventual national champion. He's hoping to have the same luck with the first try of his second term, as ESPN released the president's 2013 Final Four picks.
The commander-in-chief likes Louisville, Indiana, Ohio State and Florida to make it to Atlanta, with Baylor, Connecticut, Notre Dame and California advancing in the women's bracket.
Obama revealed his entire men's bracket Wednesday morning on Sportscenter, picking Louisville and Indiana to advance to the men's national title game, with Indiana winning the whole thing. The president picked a few potential upsets in the second round, taking two 11 seeds over sixes, with Belmont defeating Arizona and Minnesota beating UCLA.
He likely hopes to improve on his performance last year, when he picked North Carolina to beat Kentucky, with Missouri and Ohio State rounding out his Final Four. Missouri's opening round loss to Norfolk State ended up ruining that prospect, while North Carolina lost to eventual runner-up Kansas in the Elite 8.
In 2010 and 2011, Obama picked Kansas to win the title, with the Jayhawks suffering early losses in both tournaments. He certainly proved his proficiency in the early rounds in 2011 though, nailing 29 of the first 32 games to rank 492nd out of 5.9 million brackets heading into the Sweet 16 that year.
The president correctly picked North Carolina to win the title in 2009, the only one of his Final Four teams to advance that year.