Barack-etology: President Obama’s Women’s Bracket Unveiled in ESPN Exclusive Thursday

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Barack-etology: President Obama’s Women’s Bracket Unveiled in ESPN Exclusive Thursday

ESPN.com post on President Obama’s women’s Final Four picks
President Obama Make His Picks (Video)

President Picks Undefeated Princeton to Advance to Final Four

Obama LoboIn an ESPN exclusive, President Barack Obama filled out his bracket predictions for the 2015 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship with ESPN analyst Rebecca Lobo. SportsCenter unveiled his women’s bracket during the 9 a.m. ET edition on Thursday, including his Women’s Final Four prediction that has undefeated Princeton advancing to Tampa Bay, Fla. The President is predicting a Women’s Final Four of UConn, Notre Dame, Princeton and South Carolina. He has the Huskies topping the Fighting Irish for the second straight year in the title game.

“President Obama has had great success picking the winner in the women’s bracket. But, as he pointed out, that is because he usually picks UConn. This year was no different as he has the Huskies winning their 10th national championship. He was most animated and excited when talking about Princeton’s potential run in the tournament this year since his niece Leslie Robinson is a freshman on the Tigers team.”

The interview will also be available on ESPN.com and ESPN Mobile platforms, and on subsequent editions of SportsCenter and various ESPN platforms, following the debuts. President Obama’s women’s bracket will appear alongside those from the millions of fans expected to play in ESPN.com’s free ESPN Women’s Tournament Challenge presented by Capital One.

At the culmination of the Final Four, the bracket boards will be sent to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History for an exhibit that will open in 2017.

This marks the sixth year he has publicly provided his bracket for the women’s tournament. Lobo – who will serve as a studio analyst on ESPN’s coverage of the entire NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship – interviewed the President for the second straight year for his women’s bracket selections.

Andy Katz – a regular contributor to ESPN.com, his role on-air has continued to grow, which now includes hosting Emmy and Murrow-award winning Outside the Lines series when Bob Ley is unavailable and ESPNU’s Katz Korner – conceived the idea of the President filling out a bracket on air following an interview with him in 2008. He has conducted the interview with the President on his tournament predictions all seven years.

History of President Obama’s Final Four & Championship Predictions
The President has included Connecticut in his Final Four all six years and Notre Dame (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2010) on five occasions. Baylor (2013, 2012, 2011) and Stanford (2014, 2011, 2010) have been predicted to reach the Final Four three times, Tennessee (2011 & 2010) two, and California (2013), Louisville (2014), Princeton (2015), St. John’s (2012) and South Carolina (2015) one each.

President Obama has picked two different teams to win the championship in his six women’s brackets: Baylor (over Notre Dame in 2013 & 2012) and Connecticut (over Notre Dame in 2015 & 2014, over Baylor in 2011 and Stanford in 2010). The President’s record in selecting the Women’s National Champion is 3-2 over the last five years, picking UConn correctly in 2014 and 2010, and Baylor in 2012.

In 2014, President Barack Obama finished in the 98.5th percentile of his women’s bracket entry, correctly picking Connecticut to win it all.

The NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship Presented by Capital One will be shown in its entirety across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, WatchESPN and ESPN FULL COURT beginning with first-round action on Friday, March 20. Play culminates with the NCAA Women’s National Championship game on Tuesday, April 7, at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN from Tampa Bay, Fla.

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Rachel Margolis Siegal

As part of the College Sports PR team at ESPN, it has been an exciting adventure for me since I joined the worldwide leader in July 2010, working on college football, college basketball, college lacrosse and WNBA properties. I began my love of sports as the manager of several high school sports teams and continued that hobby into college. While at Quinnipiac, I worked in the Sports Information Department, which led me to a summer internship at the New Haven Ravens, a AA baseball team, and an eventual job with the Athletic Communications Department at the University of Connecticut. After my five-year stint at Connecticut, I spent six years as Director of Communications at the BIG EAST Conference in Providence, R.I. before joining ESPN.
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