President Barack Obama's women's NCAA Tournament bracket. (whitehouse.gov)
Bristol, Conn. — President Barack Obama isn't picking any of the three teams from Michigan to reach the Sweet 16 of the women's basketball NCAA Tournament.
In his bracket, Obama has No. 5 seed Michigan State beating 12th-seeded Marist in the opening round, then falling to Maryland (a four seed) in the round of 32. Obama picked Central Michigan (11) to upset Oklahoma (6), then fall to UCLA (3). He thinks Michigan (8) will lose to Villanova (9) in the opening round.
Continuing his annual tradition, Obama's women's tournament picks were announced Friday on ESPN, and his bracket was posted on whitehouse.gov. In the championship, Obama is going with Brittney Griner and Baylor to win back-to-back titles.
Obama has Baylor defeating Notre Dame in the April 9 final in New Orleans, a repeat of last year's NCAA title matchup.
The president also selected Connecticut and California to advance to the Final Four. Baylor features 6-foot-8 dunking sensation Griner. Her team is on a 30-game winning streak after an early loss to Stanford.
Obama filled out his bracket Tuesday before departing on his Middle East trip. He picked Indiana to beat Louisville for the men's title.
Baylor, Connecticut and Notre Dame are the women's No. 1 seeds and California is a No. 2.