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President Obama's 2012 bracket: Obama takes North Carolina to win it all

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For President Barack Obama, nothing could be finer this march than being in Carolina (blue).

President Obama, a huge basketball fan, is picking North Carolina to win the title.

For the second time since assuming office, President Obama selected the North Carolina Tar Heels to win the NCAA men's basketball national championship.

"They are an older...more experienced team," the president told ESPN's Andy Katz. "I see North Carolina winning it all."

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An unabashed basketball fanatic, Obama has made bracket picks every year since taking office in January of 2009. His pick to win it all in 2010 and 2011, Kansas, bowed out early during both tournaments.

However, his inaugural pick of North Carolina shortly after moving into the White House came true; that Tar Heels team defeated Michigan State in the national championship game.

This year, President Obama is picking North Carolina to beat Kentucky in the final. The Ohio State Buckeyes and Missouri Tigers round out his Final Four.

The president released his bracket the day after he and British Prime Minister David Cameron were spotted in Dayton, Ohio watching Western Kentucky take on Mississippi Valley State in an opening round game.

He also gave some love to the three area teams who qualified for the 68-team tournament, advancing Virginia Commonwealth, Georgetown and Virginia out of their Round of 64 games. However, he has each of them falling short of the Sweet 16.

As for his own Alma Mater, though, President Obama wasn't as enthusiastic. He has Harvard losing to Vanderbilt in their first game.

Want to see how your picks measure up to his? You can check out President Obama's full bracket here.

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