Former President Barack Obama releases his official 2018 March Madness brackets

Barack Obama is no longer president, but he’s still releasing his Barack-etology every year.

Former president Barack Obama is picking the Michigan State Spartans to cut down the nets this year. Obama, for the second March in a row, is making his picks known despite the fact that he’s no longer in office.

Obama, per usual, went chalk with most of his picks. His Elite Eight consists of Virginia, Cincinnati, Xavier, UNC, Villanova, Purdue, Kansas and Michigan State. His Final Four? Virginia, UNC, Villanova and Michigan State. He has Michigan State over Virginia in the national title game.

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Ohio State

Chances of reaching Final Four: 5%
Chances of reaching championship: 2%
Chances of winning championship: 0.6%

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Florida

Chances of reaching Final Four: 4%
Chances of reaching championship: 2%
Chances of winning championship: 0.7%

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Texas Tech

Chances of reaching Final Four: 6%
Chances of reaching championship: 3%
Chances of winning championship: 1%

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Houston

Chances of reaching Final Four: 7%
Chances of reaching championship: 3%
Chances of winning championship: 1%

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Arizona

Chances of reaching Final Four: 6%
Chances of reaching championship: 3%
Chances of winning championship: 1%

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Wichita State

Chances of reaching Final Four: 6%
Chances of reaching championship: 3%
Chances of winning championship: 1%

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Tennessee

Chances of reaching Final Four: 9%
Chances of reaching championship: 4%
Chances of winning championship: 2%

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Kentucky

Chances of reaching Final Four: 7%
Chances of reaching championship: 4%
Chances of winning championship: 2%

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West Virginia

Chances of reaching Final Four: 8%
Chances of reaching championship: 4%
Chances of winning championship: 2%

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Michigan

Chances of reaching Final Four: 14%
Chances of reaching championship: 6%
Chances of winning championship: 2%

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Xavier

Chances of reaching Final Four: 17%
Chances of reaching championship: 7%
Chances of winning championship: 3%

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Gonzaga

Chances of reaching Final Four: 24%
Chances of reaching championship: 9%
Chances of winning championship: 4%

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North Carolina

Chances of reaching Final Four: 25%
Chances of reaching championship: 11%
Chances of winning championship: 5%

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Purdue

Chances of reaching Final Four: 20%
Chances of reaching championship: 10%
Chances of winning championship: 5%

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Cincinnati

Chances of reaching Final Four: 23%
Chances of reaching championship: 13%
Chances of winning championship: 6%

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Michigan State

Chances of reaching Final Four: 24%
Chances of reaching championship: 12%
Chances of winning championship: 6%

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Kansas

Chances of reaching Final Four: 32%
Chances of reaching championship: 15%
Chances of winning championship: 8%

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Duke

Chances of reaching Final Four: 29%
Chances of reaching championship: 16%
Chances of winning championship: 10%

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Villanova

Chances of reaching Final Four: 50%
Chances of reaching championship: 29%
Chances of winning championship: 17%

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Virginia

Chances of reaching Final Four: 47%
Chances of reaching championship: 32%
Chances of winning championship: 18%

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Obama also dropped his bracket for the women’s NCAA Tournament as well.

Obama is going with UConn, Notre Dame, Mississippi State and Louisville. He has UConn avenging its Final Four loss to Mississippi State a year ago in the title game.

Here’s Obama’s tweet:

Here are larger photos of Obama’s picks. You’ll see that he had a little fun – picking his hometown Loyola-Chicago to pull an upset in round one.

The NCAA Tournament continues tonight, but the Round of 64 won’t start until Thursday afternoon.

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