President Barack Obama's 2012 NCAA tournament bracket is up for auction

Ryan Young
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Former President Barack Obama joined in on the annual tradition of filling out an NCAA tournament bracket every year throughout his presidency.

Now, one of his brackets can be yours.

The bracket Obama filled out live on ESPN with Andy Katz in 2012 will hit the auction block on Tuesday. The big framed whiteboard, which Obama signed, has a starting bid of $10,000.

Obama, a huge basketball fan himself, actually sat down with Katz and filled in the bracket himself in a very entertaining segment dubbed “Barack-etology.”

“I’m big on momentum, especially in a tournament like this one,” Obama said. “So whoever is looking hotter at the end of the year, those are teams that I tend to be a little more inclined to pick … Other than that, it’s all throwing darts.”

The auction, which is being run by Goldin Auctions, kicks off on Tuesday morning.

How did Obama’s bracket turn out?

It ended up being pretty average.

Obama did correctly predict that Kentucky would reach the title game, but had them losing to North Carolina in New Orleans. Anthony Davis and the Wildcats, of course, ended up beating Kansas to win the national championship that season.

He did get six of the eight Elite Eight teams correct — which is a pretty good run. His West region was off the mark, however, as that region was full of upsets. Top-seeded Michigan State fell in the Sweet 16 that year, and No. 2 seed Missouri was knocked out in a wild first round upset.

As far as brackets go, it certainly could have been worse.

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