Former President Barack Obama revealed his 2019 March Madness bracket on Thursday morning, and his all-ACC final could end up being the most watched college basketball game in history should it occur. It didn't take a Cinderella like Butler to make Duke a villain - that title was already implicit.
The Men's NCAA Tournament is underway, but the Blue Devils do not play until Friday night at approximately 7:10pm ET against North Dakota State from Columbia, South Carolina.
While UNC is the more experienced team, I think talent wins out here.
While he doesn't see No. 1 Virginia fading a la past year versus UMBC, he has Tennessee taking them out in the Elite 8. Saint Mary's makes almost 38 percent of their threes, giving them a real chance to make a run if they get hot from behind the arc. I think that's where the Cavaliers' lack of scoring punch causes them to fall. They both have star freshmen, Kentucky with Keldon Johnson and Tyler Herro and the Tar Heels with Coby White. Should Gonzaga fall in a stunner to Syracuse or Florida State, Texas Tech would suddenly have a great chance to make the Final Four. Obama's Final Four consists of either No. 1 or No. 2 seeds. The best team in their region is Michigan State, and I think they would easily win that game. Right now, I think Duke is the best team in the country when at full strength.
Strangely enough, President Obama has the Blue Devils defeating the Tar Heels in the National Championship. Now, Zion Williamson and co. are a villain insofar as the uniforms they wear, but there's a likability that this team possesses that is not normal for a Blue Devils squad. Before then, they could as easily be victims of upsets by much lower seeds. He predicts a 4th matchup with rival North Carolina in the national title game. Win or lose the game, it's a win for the Bison players either way. The other No. 1 seeds, North Carolina, Virginia and Gonzaga, all three who faced Duke a total of five times this season, are confident they can be the team cutting down the nets April 8 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, where the Final Four will be held.
The action begins just after noon Eastern with seventh-seeded Louisville playing No. 10 seed Minnesota.