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Wolfpack nation to the president: 'Thanks, Obama'

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President Barack Obama flashes the "wuf" sign after speaking on the NC State campus. (North Carolina State University) President Barack Obama flashes the "wuf" sign after speaking on the NC State campus. (North Carolina State University)
WASHINGTON -

North Carolina State University might be good enough to develop the next generation of semiconductors, but the president doesn't think the Wolfpack has what it takes to beat the Billikens.

In what has become an annual March Madness tradition at the White House, President Barack Obama filled out a bracket in a segment broadcast on ESPN Wednesday.

The president picked Michigan State to win the NCAA men's basketball championship over defending champion Louisville. But he picked N.C. State to fall to Saint Louis Thursday in Orlando.

"I need my contributions back," one N.C. State fan jokingly tweeted Thursday afternoon.

As far as the other Triangle teams, the president has UNC making it to the Sweet Sixteen, but getting knocked out by Villanova; Duke reaching the Elite Eight, but falling to Louisville; and Iowa State beating N.C. Central in the Eagles' first game.

Obama said he knows his picks aren't imaginative but expressed hope they'd help him win his pool this year. He noted that he hasn't had a lot of luck with his picks in the past.

Of course, Obama isn't typically one to pass over N.C. State. In January, he traveled to campus to announce the university would be home to a new technology hub charged with developing advanced manufacturing processes that will enable large-scale production of wide bandgap semiconductors.

We should note that WNCN Chief Meteorologist and Saint Louis alum Wes Hohenstein also picked the Billikens over N.C. State. And like Obama, he has Louisville and Michigan State in the final game.

Last year the president correctly picked Louisville to play in the championship game, but wrongly said the Cardinals would lose to Indiana.

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