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Former President Barack Obama reveals his 2018 NCAA Tournament brackets

18 March 2018

It's the day before the NCAA Tournament's Round of 64 begins, and you're still tweaking picks, trying to figure out which upsets to pull the trigger on and which analysts to ignore.

The success of March Madness brackets is tied to picking the right upsets.

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The tournament got underway Thursday night with the first of the First Round games.

After the Selection Show last Sunday evening, all anybody has discussed has been their predictions and their brackets. Virginia will have to earn its trip to the Final Four.

On the way, Duke's $19.51 knocks off Iona's $2.51, Oklahoma's $9.20, TCU's $15.17 in the Sweet Sixteen, Kansas' $11.13 in the Elite Eight, then Villanova's $11.12 in the Final Four before Kentucky's $19.18 in the championship. The Huskies had their 111-game winning streak snapped by Mississippi State in last year's Final Four. Here's the latest information on who could win each region and the entire tournament.

"I would say it's a matter of focus", Marshall guard Jon Elmore said.

So, as an ode to March-despite the snow dump that New England just received-here's four assorted thoughts on this year's field, in honor of the disappointing fact that my bracket's Final Four rarely has more than one team left standing. The Rams, a 7-seed this year, are a team everyone wants to avoid.

Half of the success of Cinderella schools is that they found favorable matchups in their opening round opponents, going against teams that have never faced an offense or defense like that presented or get stuck in a bad mismatch of pace, which can shake a team out of its game plan.

March Madness is here, and with it, attention turns to the amount of money college basketball and its athletes bring not only to universities, but also to TV networks and Vegas bookies. Virginia is 20-1 in 2018 and is one of the hottest teams in sports right now. I could tell you just about anything you wanted to know about the teams and athletes in Miami County, because that's my job and it's one I take very seriously.

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We'll get games like Duke-Rhode Island, Kentucky-Buffalo, Villanova-Alabama and more. I'm biased because baseball also returns with the excitement of spring training, but overall, it's hard to argue that any other month works its way into the public eye so completely. But even at the No. 5 seed, the Buckeyes have proven that they can roll with the big dogs, after wins over Michigan State, Michigan and Purdue earlier this year.

Turning away from the loaded A-10, we come to the Ohio Valley Conference and the Murray State Racers.

Former President Barack Obama reveals his 2018 NCAA Tournament brackets