Even the District’s leader isn’t immune from a case of March Madness, and D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is picking Kentucky to win the Big Dance.
With the username “VinceGray3,” the 69-year-old mayor entered ESPN’s Tournament Challenge, a copy of his bracket obtained by The Washington Examiner shows.
Gray’s Final Four is not particularly daring: Kentucky, Michigan State, North Carolina and Ohio State, none of which is below a No. 2 seed.
His picks for the Round of 64 also weren’t too adventurous, with Gray predicting a single upset: No. 9 Connecticut over No. 8 Iowa State, an outcome that failed to materialize Thursday night as the Cyclones thrashed the defending champion Huskies by 11 points.
In the third round, Gray’s pick might well upset some of his constituents. The mayor — a George Washington University alumnus — bet that sixth-seeded San Diego State will upset third-seeded Georgetown.
His other predicted "upsets" — No. 3 Baylor over No. 2 Duke, No. 2 Ohio State besting No. 1 Syracuse and No. 2 Missouri downing No. 3 Marquette — come in later rounds.
Even with the Iowa State rout of UConn, Gray didn't have a bad first day of tournament play, correctly picking 13 of 16 outcomes. But Gray didn't see Colorado's upset of UNLV and VCU's bigger upset of Wichita State coming.
No word on whether the mayor is participating in a Wilson Building pool, but he'd be tied for ninth in The Examiner's competition — which is just a friendly competition, of course.