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President Obama picks UB to advance in his bracket

President Obama visited the University at Buffalo a year and a half ago and is now picking the Bulls to upset West Virginia in the NCAA Tournament.

The president, who spoke at UB in August 2013, unveiled his bracket and explained some of his picks to ESPN's Andy Katz.

Referencing UB second-year coach Bobby Hurley, the president said, "He was not a big guy, but he was tough and scrappy. That's reflected in his team; they play great D so I'm going to pick them."

Obama was not as optimistic about the Bulls in his predicted matchup with Maryland in the next round, selecting the Terrapins to move on.

UB, a No. 12 seed, plays in its first NCAA Tournament game in school history at 2:10 p.m. in Columbus' Nationwide Arena when they take on fifth-seeded West Virginia. The game will air on TNT.

Obama has published a bracket seven straight years. His Final Four this year consists of Arizona, Duke, Kentucky, and Villanova.

Read more about the Bulls, their opponent West Virginia and more at The News' full court coverage of UB on the Campus Watch blog.

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