President Obama picks 'Bows over Bears in annual March Madness bracket

President Obama picks 'Bows over Bears in annual March Madness bracket

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - He's not running for office in 2016, but President Obama made an announcement on Wednesday that will certainly please the voters of Hawaii.

In his annual Baracketology segment on ESPN, where Obama fills out an entire March Madness bracket with his NCAA tournament predictions, the President picked Hawaii to upset Cal in their first round match-up on Friday.

"It's very unique that your home state of Hawaii is in the tournament," said ESPN reporter Andy Katz, who has hosted the segment since Obama took office.

"In both the men's and women's," President Obama corrected, alluding to the Rainbow Wahine's berth as well. Hawaii's women's team plays UCLA on Saturday.

"So you did at least advance them one round," said Katz, referring again to the Rainbow Warriors.

"I didn't want to get carried away," President Obama said. "That is a homer pick, although if they get hot shooting threes, that's a possible upset."

President Obama listed Maryland as winners over South Dakota State in their opening round match-up, then had the Terrapins over Hawaii in the round of 32.

Kansas, the number one seed in Hawaii's South bracket, was the team President Obama picked to win the national championship, the final March Madness selection of his presidency.

"So next year, we're just going to have to do this as a private citizen," Katz said to Obama after he finished filling out the bracket.

"Next year, if you want to fly to Hawaii, we might be able to pull that off," Obama replied.

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