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Indiana enters NCAA with presidential approval

Thursday - 3/21/2013, 3:11pm  ET

James Madison head coach Matt Brady talks with an assistant during practice at the NCAA college basketball tournament, Thursday, March 21, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. James Madison plays Indiana Friday. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

AP Sports Writer

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- Indiana coach Tom Crean knows that the nation's basketballer-in-chief picked his Hoosiers to win the NCAA tournament.

He just hopes President Obama is right this time.

Crean appreciates the endorsement his top-seeded team received from Obama, who filled out his brackets this week before leaving on a trip to the Middle East. Crean, though, joked he was nervous after learning Obama has picked just one of the past four champions.

The Hoosiers (27-6) will face No. 16 seed James Madison on Friday in the first round of the East Regional. The Dukes (21-14) beat LIU Brooklyn in the First Four on Tuesday for a chance to take on one of the powerhouses from the Big Ten.

Crean said playing in the rugged conference "prepares you for anything and everything" and "to never take anything lightly."

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