Per ESPN.com, 1.5% of all the people who entered a bracket into the 2016 ESPN NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Challenge online picked the West Virginia Mountaineers to win the National Championship. That percent ranks WVU as the 10th most-popular team chosen to cut down the nets.
President Barack Obama filled out his annual bracket today. The POTUS, who’s known as an avid college hoops fan, did not choose Press Virginia to win it all. But, he did have Bob Huggins and squad making it to the Elite 8.
Just like 24.5% of those participating in the Bracket Challenge, President Obama chose the No. 1 overall seed (and WVU Big 12 foe) Kansas to take home the trophy in Houston.
“Terrific players like (Perry) Ellis, (Wayne) Seldon,” Obama said. “You’ve got a great coach in Bill Self. They haven’t been flawless all year, but they’ve been steady.”
The POTUS also went on to praise Oklahoma senior Buddy Hield who sent WVU fans into heartbreak mode in the Big 12 Tournament semi-final as he hit a half-court three at the buzzer. The bucket was later overturned, leaving WVU victorious.
“I think he’s (Hield) a great player and I think he’s gonna be a great pro,” said Obama. “But, all these teams (in the West region) are fairly evenly matched.”
President Obama predicted the Sooners will lose in the Sweet 16 to the Texas A&M Aggies, who appear to be his Cinderella team.
As he moved on to the upper right hand corner of the bracket, President Obama didn’t have as much to say about WVU as he did UNC, Indiana and Kentucky. He did however proclaim that the East region would most likely be the most exciting.
“This whole corner (the East region) could produce some of the best games that we see,” Obama said. The POTUS went on to choose the 1-seed UNC Tarheels over 3-seed WVU in the Elite 8.
Overall, President Obama chose Kansas, Texas A&M, UNC and Michigan State as his Final Four. He then chose Kansas and UNC to play for the national title.
“Bill Self owes me,” President Obama said while writing ‘Kansas’ at the center of his bracket. “Coach (Self), I’m just teasing. I’m not putting pressure on ya. But I think the Jayhawks, in a squeaker, get past UNC.”
President Obama’s full bracket (via nbcsports.com):
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Quotes in this article courtesy Andy Katz, ESPN