Obama's Pick to Win the NCAA Tourney Is ... ... Kansas, with the Jayhawks beating Ohio State in the final game By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Mar 16, 2011 12:34 PM CDT 30 comments Comments A file photo of Barack Obama shooting hoops. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) (Newser) – President Obama isn't exactly going out on a limb with his Final Four picks: He's got the top seeds of Kansas, Duke, Ohio State, and Pitt advancing, reports ESPN. He thinks Kansas ("more firepower") will be the ultimate champ by beating Ohio State in the final game. Obama also picked the Jayhawks to win last year, but Duke triumphed. He did get North Carolina correct in 2009.