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Obama has Spartans exiting early in his NCAA bracket

Tony Paul
The Detroit News
President Obama has 34-0 Kentucky winning it all in his NCAA Tournament bracket.

President Obama knows all about being the heavy favorite.

No surprise, then, he likes Kentucky to win this year's NCAA Tournament, picking them to go all the way in his bracket revealed Wednesday on ESPN.

"They've just got too many guns," Obama said.

Insert your own gun-control jokes here.

Obama has made his ballot public every year of his presidency, running through it with ESPN's Andy Katz.

He has Michigan State beating Georgia in Friday's game, but that's where Obama sees the Spartans' run ending. He picked Michigan State to fall to Virginia in the following round.

In his Final Four, Obama has Kentucky, Arizona, Villanova and Duke, with Kentucky beating Arizona and Villanova beating Duke to reach the national championship game. There, Obama has Kentucky winning to finish its season at 40-0.

"They are the prohibitive favorites," said Obama, "and for good reason.

"This is gonna be the year, guys. I'm winning the pool."

Among his early upsets, Obama has No. 12-seed Buffalo winning a game, and No. 13-seed Iowa State making a run.

Only once has Obama picked the correct national champion, in 2009, when North Carolina won it against Michigan State. Last year, Obama predicted Michigan State would won it all; it didn't make the Final Four.

You can see Obama fill out his bracket here.

tpaul@detroitnews.com

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