WASHINGTON -- President Obama released his NCAA brackets today, picking Kansas over Kentucky in the final. But US Senator Scott Brown provided his own brackets to the Globe and, like his political persuasion, he went a different way: Kentucky over Kansas.
In Brown's Final Four, he also has Syracuse and Duke -- meaning he picked all number one seeds to advance to Indianapolis, which in some circles is seen as the easy way out in bracketology (he doesn't predict any major upsets, and has all 1 and 2 seeds in the Elite Eight).
Obama has Kansas State and Villanova joining Kentucky and Kansas in his Final Four. Last year, the president picked the winning team: North Carolina.
Brown and Obama also filled out brackets for the women's tournament, and they picked the exact same Final Four. Both predict Connecticut will beat Stanford in the championship (and Tennessee and Notre Dame making the Final Four)
Brown, whose nickname when he played at Tufts University was "Downtown Scotty Brown" because of the number of jump shots he took, has been eager to play Obama on the court. They have not yet worked out a date, but Brown has brought it up multiple times.
Brown also did another gesture recently to get in Obama's good graces (even as he chastised his approach on health care): He sent a basketball to the White House signed by the women's team at Boston College, where Brown's daughter Ayla plays.
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