“I think this is Indiana's year,” Obama said.
The president chose the Hoosiers, the top-seeded team in the East bracket, to defeat Louisville, the No. 1 seed out of the Midwest, in the championship game.
He rounded out his Final Four with Ohio State, the No. 2 seed in the West, and Florida, the No. 3 seed in the South. According to his predictions, the top seeds in those regions will lose in the Sweet 16 -- No. 1 Kansas to No. 4 Michigan in the South, and No. 1 Gonzaga to No. 5 Wisconsin in the West.
The Badgers are the closest thing Obama has to a Cinderella team, as the only squad predicted by the president to reach the Sweet 16 that is not seeded in the top four of its region. And his two biggest upsets in the first round come at the expense of the Pac-12, with two No. 6 seeds falling to No. 11 seeds -- UCLA to Minnesota and Arizona to Belmont.
Obama also revealed his Final Four for the women's tournament -- three No. 1 seeds in Baylor, Connecticut and Notre Dame, and a No. 2 in California. His entire women's bracket will be released Friday.