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For Sixth Straight Year, Obama Releases NCAA Basketball Bracket

7:31 AM, Mar 19, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Vladimir Putin has claimed Crimea. Obamacare premiums are about to skyrocket. And Barack Obama is filling out his NCAA "March Madness" basketball bracket. 

"President Barack Obama, the nation's first basketball fan, took marker to bracket with ESPN again at the White House and selected defending tournament champion Louisville, No. 1 overall seed Florida, top seed Arizona and Michigan State to advance to this year's NCAA men's Final Four," ESPN exclusively reports.

But only once has the president picked the winner:

The paths Obama took to arrive at his 2014 Final Four, an event that has come to be known as "Barack-etology", were revealed on SportsCenter at 11 p.m. ET Tuesday. The president's complete picks -- this is the sixth consecutive year he's made them with ESPN's Andy Katz -- will be announced Wednesday on the 9 a.m. ET edition of SportsCenter.

The President has picked three different teams in the "Barack-etology" era to win the men's title -- Indiana (over Louisville in 2013), Kansas (over Ohio State in 2011 and Kentucky in 2010) and North Carolina (over Kentucky in 2012 and Louisville in 2009). His correctly picked national champion was the Tar Heels in '09.

Last year Obama's men's bracket ranked 2,080,996 out of 8.15 million entries in ESPN.com's free ESPN Men's Tournament Challenge, placing him in the 74.4th percentile.

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