Tuesday, March 17, 2009
President Obama's Final Four revealed
President Barack Obama kept one campaign promise that should please the college basketball constituency.
After telling ESPN.com's Andy Katz in October that he would fill out an NCAA tournament bracket if he were elected, the president did just that. His complete bracket will be revealed along with the interview with Katz in the White House during the noon ET "SportsCenter" on Wednesday.
President Obama fills out an NCAA tournament bracket with ESPN.com's Andy Katz, left, in the White House.
A few selections were revealed on Tuesday. Initially an underdog for the nation's highest office, the president went with favorites in his Final Four picks. No. 1 seeds Louisville, North Carolina and Pittsburgh will join No. 2 Memphis in Detroit April 4-6 if the president is correct.
Katz had interviewed the president about his brother-in-law, Oregon State basketball coach Craig Robinson.
The president's bracket will be posted on ESPN.com, along with those of millions of fans expected to play in ESPN's Tournament Challenge.
"President Obama made his picks as a sports fan, not as a politician," Katz said. "He was knowledgeable about the teams and was even up to date on the latest injuries involving the contenders. He was confident with his picks and delivered an on-camera pep talk for the team he picked to win it all. It was clear that he enjoyed filling out his bracket like the rest of America."
Senior writer Andy Katz covers college basketball for ESPN.com.