I’d be feeling really nervous if I were North Carolina, Ohio State or Kentucky.
President Obama is hoping for strong results from North Carolina, and not just in the presidential election.
Mr. Obama picked the North Carolina Tar Heels to beat the Kentucky Wildcats in the final of this year’s N.C.A.A. men’s basketball tournament.
Missouri and Ohio State — both from crucial swing states — round out the president’s Final Four.
On Friday evening, Norfolk State pulled off the biggest upset of the 2012 NCAA tournament — in the program’s first-ever appearance in the tournament. The 15th-seeded Spartans beat No. 2 seed Missouri 86-84 in the round of 64.
Center Kyle O’Quinn led the Spartans with 25 points. Four starters scored in double-digits. Norfolk State, the MEAC champion, made 10 3-pointers in Friday’s game. The team normally shoots 31% from beyond the arc.
It marked the fifth time a 15 seed knocked out a 2 seed in the tournament.
Put Missouri solidly in the GOP column come November.