12 Celebrity March Madness Picks, Will They Win?
The odds would suggest that if you are reading this, you are likely a fan of March Madness and the NCAA Tournament. Roughly 40 million people were expected to fill out close 70 million NCAA Tournament brackets while wagering more than $2 billion this year. Among those 40 million people are numerous celebrities.
Here is a look at the brackets for 12 notable celebrities and which teams they picked to win the 2015 national championship.
Count this popular comedian among the vast majority of people who picked Kentucky as their tournament champion. Hart’s Final Four consists of Kentucky, Wisconsin, Villanova, and Duke – all No. 1 seeds.
This admired rapper picked a Final Four of Kentucky, North Carolina, Northern Iowa, and Duke. Like so many others, he has Kentucky beating Duke in the tournament final.
Ferrell picked a Final Four of Kentucky, Wisconsin, Virginia, and Gonzaga. The Old School actor has John Calipari and Kentucky knocking off Mark Few and Gonzaga in the title game.
Kimmel is the first celebrity on this list to pick a team other than Kentucky as his national champion. The wildly popular talk show host has a Final Four of Kansas, Arizona, Louisville, and Gonzaga. He chose the Kansas Jayhawks and Gonzaga Bulldogs as his final two teams, with the Jayhawks prevailing.
The Cleveland Indians manager picked a Final Four of Kentucky, Arizona, Villanova, and Gonzaga. The two-time World Series champion has Arizona and Gonzaga in the final, with the Wildcats cutting down the nets.
In one of the biggest homer picks of the tournament, Manning has his alma mater’s team, the Ole Miss Rebels, making it to the Final Four as a No. 11 seed. Kentucky, Virginia, and Gonzaga round out his Final Four, and the two-time Super Bowl champion has Kentucky beating Virginia in the tournament final.
Esiason has a Final Four consisting of Kentucky, Wisconsin, Virginia, and Iowa State, who has already been eliminated by Alabama-Birmingham. The former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback has Kentucky beating Virginia in the tournament final.
President Barack Obama
While the President of the United States did pick several early upsets, his Final Four consisted of all No. 1 seeds. He has Kentucky, Wisconsin, Villanova, and Duke all advancing to Indianapolis, Ind., with Kentucky knocking off Villanova in the championship game.
Simms picked a Final Four of Kentucky, Arizona, Michigan State, and Gonzaga. The former New York Giants quarterback and current CBS commentator has Kentucky beating Gonzaga in the final game.
Last year’s NBA MVP picked a Final Four of Kentucky, Wisconsin, Virginia, and Duke. Unlike Manning, Durant only picked his alma mater, Texas, to win one game in the tournament and has Kentucky beating Duke in the final.
Davis was a member of Kentucky’s last national championship team, so it should come as no surprise that “The Brow” picked his alma mater as his national champion. His Final Four consists of Kentucky, Wisconsin, Duke, and Virginia, with Kentucky beating Virginia in the championship game.