Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/17/14
It's tough enough living up to the lofty expectations of those die-hard Hoosiers fans, born and bred to bleed crimson and cream. This March, Indiana carries an even heavier weight. The White House is watching. President Obama, the nation's basketballer-in-chief, has picked the Hoosiers to be NCAA champions. ''It's nice,'' Indiana coach Tom Crean said of the presidential seal of approval. ''It's really good. But I'm also concerned that someone said that he was 1-3 in his picks before. You hope he's right on this one.'' Strapped with a No. 1 ranking almost since the season tipped off in November, the Hoosiers (27-6) will be overwhelming favorites on Friday when they meet No. 16 seed James Madison in the first round of the East Regional. It's essentially a warm-up game for the the Big Ten's regular-season champions, but Crean knows his players won't overlook the fearless Dukes (21-14), who beat LIU Brooklyn on Wednesday night in the First Four. ''The Big Ten prepares you for anyt...
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