Apparently, the world’s most powerful man doesn’t think much of the Maryland women’s basketball team’s chances of enjoying March Madness past Monday.

In his NCAA tournament bracket breakdown on ESPN, President Barack Obama predicted No. 7-seeded Louisville would take care of Michigan State -- which it did Saturday afternoon -- then upset the second-seeded Terps at Comcast Center on Monday night.

If it’s any consolation to the team -- and you’d have to think it isn’t, really -- the former hoopster has the Cardinals winning once more before falling to top-seeded Notre Dame in the Elite Eight.

“I don’t have a strong feeling about this one,” Obama told ESPN’s Doris Burke, describing his Louisville-Arkansas Sweet 16 matchup, “but we’re going to go ahead with Louisville on this one.”

Storylines abound for Monday’s Maryland-Louisville game, but revenge will undoubtedly emerge as the dominant motif. In 2009, Angel McCoughtry (St. Frances) and the Cardinals smothered the No. 1-seeded Terps in the Sweet 16, 77-60, an ignominious end to the glorious careers of stars Marissa Coleman and Kristi Toliver.

The residual damage from that game, it’s clear, hasn’t completely dissipated.

“If we get Louisville, that would be good,” center Lynetta Kizer said after the Terps’ win Saturday, as the Cardinals took on the Spartans. “I’d like to play them again.”

She got her wish. Now, with a little help, she can bust the president’s bracket, too.

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