Barack Obama's NCAA pick: UConn

Updated: March 18, 2011, 12:25 PM ET
ESPN.com

It's no secret that President Barack Obama is a big fan of Maya Moore, so it's no wonder that he's picked Connecticut to win the women's NCAA championship.

The president revealed another edition of "Barack-etology" at the White House, and for the second year in a row predicts UConn -- the defending national champion -- to win it all. From the Elite Eight on, Obama has UConn defeating Duke, rival Tennessee and Baylor for the title.

The women's Final Four is April 3 and 5 in Indianapolis.

Obama recalled a past pick-up game that played out at the White House and included LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony.

"Maya Moore was on the court, and she lit guys up," the president recalled while making his NCAA tournament predictions for ESPN's Doris Burke. "She can hang with the best players in the world and she's a winner."

The president's pick was revealed Friday on "SportsCenter." In the men's tournament, Obama picked Kansas to win the title.

In his Elite Eight, Obama selected Tennessee to beat Notre Dame, Stanford to beat UCLA and Baylor to advance past Texas A&M.

The president is aware of the less-than-cordial rivalry between UConn coach Geno Auriemma and Tennessee's Pat Summitt, but he deferred, once again, to the game-changing Moore as the focal point of the matchup.

"When you've got the top player in the game, in a close matchup and somebody who's a veteran, they're going to make the plays down the stretch," Obama said.

He picked UConn to defeat Baylor in the final. The teams squared off back in mid-November, a 65-64 UConn home victory.

"Maya is going to be hitting her jumper, she's going to be making rebounds, she's going to be making plays, and I think Connecticut wins it again," Obama said.

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