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Obama already eyeing UNC and Duke as possible title picks


Mike Miller

The First Fan knows North Carolina and Duke are among the teams to beat in 2012. But he’s unwilling to commit to either one right now.

President Obama – he of the multiple public brackets – was able to deflect that possibility during the end of a lengthy interview with Cameron Kent of WXII-TV. Kent only mentioned the Heels and Wake Forest.

Obama? He’s not overlooking Duke.

“Wake Forest has gone through a tough time, but I’m sure they’ll come back,” he said. “Right now, it looks like both Duke and Carolina are going to have a great team.

“I’m going to have to look at ‘em a little more carefully during the preseason -- during the early-season tournaments -- before I actually make my picks, but those two teams are going to be in the top 10 I suspect.”

You suspect? Oh, c’mon. That is blatant hedging. Everyone who’s paid any kind of attention to college hoops this offseason knows both of ‘em are likely Top 5 teams and the Heels are the team to beat.

Then again, President Obama has been a little busy to follow the hoops news …

(Thanks to Diamond Leung)

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