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Obama’s NCAA tournament bracket: UNC to meet Duke in all-NC finale

In this 2009 photo, UNC men’s basketball head coach Roy Williams presents President Barack Obama with a team jersey at the White House. The Tar Heels were 2009 national champions. A basketball fan, Obama picked the Tar Heels to win in his March Madness bracket that year.
In this 2009 photo, UNC men’s basketball head coach Roy Williams presents President Barack Obama with a team jersey at the White House. The Tar Heels were 2009 national champions. A basketball fan, Obama picked the Tar Heels to win in his March Madness bracket that year. Getty Images

Former President Barack Obama has picked the North Carolina Tar Heels to win the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament.

The Obama Foundation tweeted Obama’s picks for #MarchMadness 2017 on Wednesday, “in the spirit of good sportsmanship & good citizenship.”

While Obama made a tradition of filling out the NCAA Tournament bracket on camera with ESPN, President Donald Trump “respectfully declined,” according to ESPN.

Obama’s men’s bracket has UNC, Duke, Arizona and Kansas in the Final Four, with Duke beating Arizona and UNC knocking off Kansas.

For the women’s titIe, Obama has the University of Connecticut beating Notre Dame. In the Final Four, the former president predicts Notre Dame will beat South Carolina and UConn will defeat Washington.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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