President Obama was not allowed to watch college basketball

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It's well known that President Obama is a huge basketball fan. He fills out NCAA tournament brackets and publicly roots for his hometown Chicago Bulls.

The President could not have imagined a better way to prepare for his State of the Union address earlier this week than relaxing with the Michigan State-Iowa Big 10 game on ESPN.

However, according to Luke Russert, the President's staff preferred that he watch coverage of the State of the Union on CSPAN.

Russert tweeted: "Told that in the Capitol hold room Obama wanted ESPN but said staff prefer he watch the filing in on C-SPAN ahead of #SOTU" 

Number six ranked Michigan State beat 12th ranked Iowa 71-69 after overtime. 

The President has picked NCAA tournament brackets for the past five years in a nationally televised segment on ESPN.

Earlier this month, the NBA Champion Miami Heat visited President Obama at the White House where he was presented with a replica of Larry O'Brien trophy.

Last season, the President selected Indiana Hoosiers to win the NCAA national championship against Louisville Cardinals. The Cardinals were victorious and celebrated at the White House.

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