President Barack Obama, a noted diehard basketball fan, filled out his men’s college basketball tournament bracket –something he’s done with ESPN since 2009– and predicted the Kentucky Wildcats to win the 2015 men’s college basketball championship.
“I don’t think you can play a perfect basketball game any more than you can do anything perfectly, but these guys are coming pretty close,” the president said of Kentucky’s season to ESPN’s Andy Katz.
Dubbed “Barack-etology 2015,” Obama spoke with Katz about his picks and predicted Kentucky would top the Villanova Wildcats –the one-seed in the east region– in the April 6 championship game. If Kentucky wins, they would complete the season undefeated, going 40-0. They would be the eighth team in NCAA men’s basketball history to go undefeated in the regular season and playoffs, the first team since the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers went 32-0 to accomplish the feat.
The president hasn’t fared well with his men’s college basketball tournament predictions. Since 2009, Obama has gone 1-5 with his championship predictions. The only correct champion he picked was the North Carolina Tar Heels in 2009.
“Kentucky obviously has as good of a chance as any team, they are prohibitive favorites and for good reason,” Obama told Katz.
The president isn’t alone in his belief that Kentucky will win it all. According to vegasinsider.com, Kentucky is the favorite to win the championship. The Duke Blue Devils and Wisconsin Badgers are next best, both at 13/2 favorites to take down the nets.