March Madness 2023: Joe Biden and Barack Obama reveal their brackets

ByTory Barron ESPN logo
Thursday, March 16, 2023

It wouldn't be March without some presidential picks.

U.S. President Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama got in the college basketball spirit by filling out their2023 March Madness brackets.

Biden, a graduate of Delaware and Syracuse, doesn't have a team in the hunt this season, but he still has a vested rooting interest thanks to the first lady, Dr. Jill Biden, who is a proud Villanova alum.

While POTUS crowned theVillanova Wildcatson the women's side, he opted for some Wildcats hailing from the West Coast on the men's side.

The 2-seedArizona Wildcatsbegin their title quest against 15-seed Princeton on Thursday.

Obama sharing his bracketscomes as little surprise -- it's in keeping with a tradition the noted college basketball fan began in 2009.

Obama picking Duketo win it all in the men's tournament? That is a bit more unexpected.

Duke, a No. 5 seed, is the lowest-ranked team Obama has ever picked to win the title. His Blue Devils selection marks only the third time he has predicted a non-No. 1 seed would cut down the nets in 14 tournaments.

However, No. 44 does have a habit of riding withperennial powerhouses.In those 14 men's tournaments, Obama pickedNorth Carolinathree times,Kansasthree times,Michigan Statetwice,Gonzagatwice,Kentuckyonce,Indianaonce and now Duke twice.

On the women's side of things, Obama played it a little safer. His champion of choice? The reigningSouth Carolina Gamecocks.

Obama's vote of confidence in Dawn Staley & Co. is in keeping with his trend of picking the No. 1 overall seed (8 out of 13 tournaments). While this is his third time choosing the Gamecocks, his overwhelming favorite over the years has been UConn,whom he has selected on eight occasions.

Between the men's and women's tournaments, Obama has successfully predicted champions eight times since 2009.

If you're a Duke or South Carolina fan, here's hoping for lucky No. 9 (and 10).

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