Obama picks Michigan St as men’s basketball champ

FILE - In this July 31, 2013 file photo, University of Connecticut Huskies teammates Stefanie Dolson, top left, and Kiah Stokes, top right, give the 'bunny ears' to President Barack Obama as he poses for photo with the team to honor their 2013 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship win, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Also seen top center Breanna Stewart, and from bottom left, Caroline Doty, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Kelly Faris. On Saturday, March 1, 2014, Dolson and fellow senior Bria Hartley will have their names added to the “Huskies of Honor” wall at Gampel Pavilion on the UConn campus in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is picking Michigan State to win the NCAA men’s basketball championship over defending champion Louisville.

In what has become an annual March Madness tradition at the White House, Obama filled out a bracket in a segment broadcast on ESPN Wednesday.

Florida and Arizona rounded out Obama’s Final Four picks. But he said the talents of Michigan State coach Tom Izzo made him pick the Spartans to go all the way.

Obama said he knows his picks aren’t imaginative but expressed hope they’d help him win his pool this year. He noted that he hasn’t had a lot of luck with his picks in the past.

Last year he correctly picked Louisville to play in the championship game, but wrongly said the Cardinals would lose to Indiana.

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