President Obama is playing favorites once again in his March Madness bracket, picking No. 1 overall seed Kentucky Wildcats to win the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. 

The commander in chief has three of the four top ranked teams in his Final Four, and the second-ranked Arizona Wildcats upsetting the No. 1 seeded Wisconsin Badgers to punch a ticket to the Final Four in Indianapolis. In an all Wildcats final, he has Kentucky over Villanova. 

He typically leans heavily on No. 1 seeds — a Rolling Stone analysis of his past six brackets shows that he’s picked 16 out of 24 top seeds to advance to the Final Four. But the seemingly safer strategy hasn’t worked out for him, as he’s only correctly guessed seven Final Four teams. 


The bracket mostly follows conventional wisdom with higher ranked teams advancing, outside of a few early round upsets. He’s pegged another group of Wildcats, the No. 10 seeded Davidson, as his Cinderella team that upsets No. 7 seeded Iowa Hawkeyes and the No. 2 seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs before a loss in the Sweet Sixteen.

In other first round upsets, Obama likes the No. 11 seeded Texas Longhorns to defeat the No. 6 seeded Butler Bulldogs, the No. 12 seeded Buffalo Bulls to upset the No. 5 seeded West Virginia Mountaineers, the No. 11 seeded Ole Miss Rebels to beat the No. 6 seeded Xavier Musketeers, the No. 12 seeded Wyoming Cowboys to knock off the University of Northern Iowa Panthers, and the winner of a play-in game between the Boise State Broncos and the Dayton Flyers to knock off the No. 6 seeded Providence Friars.

Obama started off his first presidential bracket with a bang in 2009, where he correctly picked the North Carolina Tar Heels as champions. But he hasn’t correctly picked a champion since. Last year, his bracket finished in the 72.9th percentile, good for a rank of 2,987,736 of all brackets submitted to ESPN.