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Obama picks Michigan St as men’s basketball champ

  • ASSOCIATED PRESSMichigan State's Adreian Payne dunks during practice for the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Spokane, Wash., Wednesday, March 19, 2014.
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    Michigan State's Adreian Payne dunks during practice for the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Spokane, Wash., Wednesday, March 19, 2014.
  • ASSOCIATED PRESSPresident Barack Obama points to teams in the crowd as he speaks to the 2012-13 NCAA Division I Men's and Women's champions on the South Lawn of the White House at Washington, on Monday, March 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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    President Barack Obama points to teams in the crowd as he speaks to the 2012-13 NCAA Division I Men's and Women's champions on the South Lawn of the White House at Washington, on Monday, March 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON >> President Barack Obama is picking Michigan State to win the NCAA men’s basketball championship over defending champion Louisville.

In what has become an annual March Madness tradition at the White House, Obama filled out a bracket in a segment broadcast on ESPN Wednesday.

Florida and Arizona rounded out Obama’s Final Four picks. But he said the talents of Michigan State coach Tom Izzo made him pick the Spartans to go all the way.

Obama said he knows his picks aren’t imaginative but expressed hope they’d help him win his pool this year. He noted that he hasn’t had a lot of luck with his picks in the past.

Last year he correctly picked Louisville to play in the championship game, but wrongly said the Cardinals would lose to Indiana.

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