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How Hoosier teams fare on NCAA brackets of former President Obama

U.S. President Barack Obama plays with a ball given to him by the University of Kentucky basketball team during an event in the East Room at the White House, on May 4, 2012, in Washington, D.C. Obama was honoring the Kentucky Wildcats for winning its eighth NCAA national championship. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — College basketball teams from the “Crossroads of America” figured prominently — or not — in the NCAA tournaments’ brackets of former President Barack Obama.

He posted them Wednesday night on Instragram.

In the men’s tournament, he put the No. 19, 4-seed Hoosiers in the Sweet 16 before the team loses to Houston. The former Democrat president wasn’t as hopeful for the No. 5, 1-seed Purdue, having the Boilermakers win their first-round game against Wednesday’s First Four winner, the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights, but next losing to the Memphis Tigers.

In the women’s tournament, Obama predicts No. 3, 1-seed IU will reach the final two, losing to the No. 1, 1-seed South Carolina Gamecocks in the championship game. He also says No. 11 3-seed Notre Dame Irish will win its first two games before falling out of the tournament. For 11-seed Purdue, Obama also predicts a couple wins before leaving in the first round.

Obama played basketball at Honolulu’s Punahou School in the late 1970s.