Larry Hogan goes with the home team, picks Maryland in NCAA bracket

Barack Obama might have Maryland reaching the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament, but the state's governor has the Terps going a few steps further.

Larry Hogan unveiled a bracket Thursday that has Maryland winning.


The Terps entered the season with high hopes, but enter the tournament as a No. 5 seed, with the 12th-best odds to cut down the nets in Houston on April 4. Hogan should know something about upsets, playing the role of underdog in his win over Democrat Anthony Brown in 2014.

It's not clear if Hogan entered the bracket on CBS Sports' website, where it appears he printed it from, but Hogan is apparently quite confident in his Maryland pick. He underlined the champs twice in what appears to be blue marker or pen on his sheet — which he tweeted out Thursday.

His other Final Four picks: Oklahoma, Michigan State and North Carolina.

In the South region, Hogan has the Terps beating South Dakota State, California, Kansas and Villanova, before taking out Oklahoma in the Final Four.

The Republican governor and the Democratic president agree at least on one thing — two of the teams in the Final Four.

Obama has Kansas beating North Carolina, with Texas A&M and Michigan State rounding out his Final Four picks.

We didn't find a bracket for Hogan from the 2015 tourney, so there's no precedent for how successful he is at picking these things. And it's not clear if Hogan's the type to make two brackets — here's hoping he's not — or if his public bracket is the same as the one he might put a few dollars behind.

But, if he did, those 33-to-1 odds for the Terps might make the governor a pretty penny.

Given that he attended a Terps game earlier this season, we're betting Hogan is picking this bracket less with an eye on the prize, and more with his heart.