Mar 21, 2019

Check out Barack Obama’s 2019 NCAA Tournament brackets

President Obama's love for college basketball is no secret, and he finally released his 2019 NCAA Championship picks minutes before brackets were set to lock on Thursday afternoon.

The state of play: He's got Duke topping UNC for the men's title, and he's got UConn defeating Baylor for the women's crown.

His men's bracket:

Photo via the Obama Foundation

His women's bracket:

Photo via the Obama Foundation

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