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Trying not to jinx UNC, Roy Cooper picks out-of-state NCAA tournament winner

Gov. Roy Cooper’s NCAA bracket has only one North Carolina team in the Final Four: Duke.
Gov. Roy Cooper’s NCAA bracket has only one North Carolina team in the Final Four: Duke. ehyman@newsobserver.com

On Wednesday, former President Barack Obama released his NCAA tournament bracket picks with a national title game between ACC rivals Duke and North Carolina. He has the Tar Heels winning it all.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper didn’t follow his lead, instead choosing a Final Four with only one team from the state – and it’s not UNC.

Last year Cooper picked the Tar Heels to beat Oklahoma to win the NCAA tournament. He ended up being right about one thing: UNC did make it to the championship game. However, the Tar Heels ended up losing to Villanova on a last-second shot.

Cooper tweeted on Thursday, “I’m afraid I jinxed the Tar Heels last year. Let’s hope reverse jinx works this year.”

His Final Four this year? Duke, Arizona, Kansas and Kentucky.

His championship game? Arizona vs. Kentucky – with the Wildcats taking the title.

We’ll know by April 3 if his strategy worked.

Here’s a look at his bracket.

University of North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams talks about the NCAA number one seed for the Tar Heels and their path in the NCAA Tournament.

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