Joe Biden and Barack Obama Unveil Their March Madness 2023 Brackets
In keeping with the spirit of the month, both President Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama have filled out their 2023 March Madness brackets. Biden, a graduate of Delaware and Syracuse, has a personal stake in the tournament this year as his wife, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, is a proud Villanova alum. Despite not having a team in the hunt, he still has a vested interest in the outcome.
President Obama continued the tradition of revealing his NCAA tournament brackets, crowning the Villanova Wildcats on the women's side. On the men's side, he opted to go with the West Coast Wildcats, selecting the 2-seed Arizona Wildcats to begin their title quest with a first round matchup against 15-seed Princeton on Thursday. The well-known college basketball fan has been making his bracket picks since 2009. Surprisingly, Obama chose Duke as his pick to win the men's tournament.
Barack Obama has chosen a No. 5 seed, Duke, to take the NCAA Tournament title this year, making it the lowest-ranked team he has ever picked to win. This is only the third time the former President has predicted a non No. 1 seed to prevail in the 14 tournaments he has watched. Over the years, Obama has favored perennial powerhouses, picking North Carolina three times, Kansas three times, Michigan State twice, Gonzaga twice, Kentucky once, Indiana once and now Duke twice.
President Obama has been known for his bold and careful choices when it comes to the NCAA Tournament. On the men's side, he has consistently gone for the Duke Blue Devils in recent years, picking them four times in the last six tournaments.
His pick for the reigning men's champion? Duke, once again.
On the women's side, Obama has taken a slightly different approach. He's selected the South Carolina Gamecocks three times - the most recent being this year. With a No. 1 overall seed, the Gamecocks seem to fit the bill for Obama's favored picks, as he has chosen the top seed eight out of 13 tournaments.
In total, Obama has correctly picked eight out of 13 tournament champions since 2009 - four on the men's side and four on the women's side. If you're a Duke or South Carolina fan, you can only hope for some luck from the 44th president of the United States.