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President picks an upset win for UB in NCAA Tournament

America’s First Fan likes the chances of the University at Buffalo men’s basketball team pulling an upset Friday in the NCAA Tournament.

President Obama on Wednesday picked the 12th-seeded Bulls to beat No. 5 West Virginia. The game is at 2:10 p.m. Friday in Columbus, Ohio; it will be telecast on TNT.

The president recalled the playing days of Bobby Hurley, now the UB coach, when he helped lead Duke to back-to-back national championships in 1991 and 1992 as one of the greatest point guards in Duke and NCAA history.

“I liked Bobby Hurley,” the president said as he unveiled his picks on ESPN. “Seeing Hurley, how tough he was because he was not a big guy, but he was tough and scrappy and that’s reflected in his team,” Obama said, according to a UB media relations release.

It’s the seventh straight year Obama revealed his picks for the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments.

But the president doesn’t predict Buffalo going far: he picked Maryland to beat UB in the next round.

Obama picked Arizona, Duke, Kentucky, and Villanova for the Final Four.