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President Obama picks Maryland to reach Sweet 16 in NCAA tournament

Mark it down: The Terps are heading to the Sweet 16.

At least that's what the most powerful man in the free world believes.

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President Obama continued his tradition of picking an NCAA tournament bracket for ESPN, and he has the fourth-seeded Maryland men's basketball team beating No. 13 Valparaiso on Friday and then taking down No. 12 Buffalo on Sunday.

Obama has the Terps' run ending in the Sweet 16, where overall No. 1 seed Kentucky awaits. The president picks the Wildcats to finish the season undefeated, beating Villanova in the championship game.

You'll remember that Obama caught a close-up look at the Terps in November 2013, when they played his brother-in-law Craig Robinson's Oregon State team in College Park. Considering the changes to the Terps' roster since then, we'll guess he didn't factor that into his scouting report.

Obama filled out his Final Four with Duke and Arizona, meaning he's sticking with mostly chalk (three No. 1 seeds and No. 2 Arizona).

Based on his circles and scratches, he seemed to struggle while picking last night's play-in game between BYU and Ole Miss. He went with BYU, which looked like a sound pick through the first half.

Wonder if Obama stayed up late to catch the ending.

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