Barack Obama thinks the Big Ten’s national championship drought is about to come to an end. The 44th President of the United States picked Michigan State to win the 2018 NCAA Tournament in a bracket posted Wednesday afternoon.
Barack Obama picks Michigan State to win 2018 NCAA Tournament
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) March 14, 2018
Obama picked the Spartans to beat No. 1 overall seed Virginia in the title game. Villanova and defending champion North Carolina rounded out his Final Four.
The former President has each of the Big Ten’s four teams winning at least one game. He has Ohio State going to the second round, Michigan into the Sweet 16 and Purdue going to the Elite Eight.
Obama — who annually filled out a bracket during an ESPN special during his eight years in office — also filled out a women’s NCAA Tournament bracket, but it featured no Big Ten teams in the Final Four. Both brackets can be found here.
While Michigan State is a No. 3 seed, it’s not a big stretch to pick Tom Izzo’s team to win it all. The Spartans have 15/2 odds to win the tournament — tied for the third-best mark of any team. No Big Ten team has won a national championship since the Spartans took home the title in 2000.