Obama gives up on picking KU

President Obama heeded the plea of University of Kansas coach Bill Self and didn’t pick KU to win it all, instead predicting an NCAA men’s championship game in which North Carolina defeats Kentucky. Obama accurately picked North Carolina in 2009, but wrongly called it for the Jayhawks in 2010 and 2011. “They broke my heart each year,” he told ESPN. The Hill newspaper noted that the president’s “selections heavily favor states that are likely to be in play during his re-election bid.” Plus, the Democratic National Convention will be held in Charlotte. The president had Wichita State and Kansas State losing in the first and second rounds, respectively, and the Tar Heels ousting Kansas in the Elite Eight.