Check out how Charlie Baker, Maura Healey, and Karyn Polito’s NCAA tournament brackets stack up

How do Massachusetts's top officials fare at predicting March Madness?

From left, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Irish Ambassador to the United States Anne Anderson stand on the steps of the Massachusetts Statehouse, Monday, March 13, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker pictured Monday at the State House. –Elise Amendola / AP

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh isn’t the only local elected official filling out a NCAA tournament bracket.

Even if Massachusetts isn’t as March Madness crazy as the rest of the country, Gov. Charlie Baker, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, and Attorney General Maura Healey have also submitted their predictions in Politico’s Playbook Pool, a bracket challenge with other journalists, elected officials, and “political insiders.”

Compared to Walsh’s predictions, Baker’s bracket is a little more upset happy.

The former Needham High all-conference baller has No. 2 seed Arizona raising the trophy, beating No. 3 UCLA in the championship game (which is set in Phoenix). Baker has zero No. 1 seeds making it out of the regional rounds, with No. 3 Oregon and No. 2 Duke rounding out his Final Four.


Among other upset predictions, Baker has No. 12 Middle Tennessee State (a popular first-round pick) making a run to the Sweet Sixteen and No. 5 Iowa State in the Elite Eight after upsetting No. 1 Kansas.

Through the first half of Thursday’s action, Baker was eight for eight on the day — nine for nine if you include this jumper.

Meanwhile, Polito has North Carolina beating their fierce ACC rival Duke in the finals, with Kansas and Arizona also in her Final Four.

The lieutenant governor’s bracket is a bit more conservative than Baker’s. However, Polito does also have Middle Tennessee wining in the first round, as well as No. 4 West Virginia making an Elite Eight run with an upset over No. 1 Gonzaga. And (unlike Walsh and Baker) she gives a local team some love — picking No. 11 Rhode Island in a first-round upset over No. 6 Creighton.

Speaking of picking New England teams, Healey has No. 12 Vermont with another first-round upset, before losing to No. 12 Nevada in the second round.

In her bracket, the attorney general — who co-captained the Harvard women’s basketball team, before playing two years of professional ball in Europe — has No. 1 seed and 2016 champions Villanova repeating this year in a finals matchup against Kansas. Healey is also picking Gonzaga and UCLA to make the Final Four.


Healey’s office also provided her bracket for the NCAA women’s tournament, where, perhaps smartly, the attorney general has the UConn hoops team continuing their historic three-year winning streak all the way to the championship.

Asked for a prediction on how her alma mater would fare in the NCAA Women’s NIT, Healey was unequivocal.

“Harvard for the win. Go Crimson!” she said through a spokeswoman.

Healey’s NCAA women’s tournament bracket —Courtesy of Attorney General Maura Healey's office