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FILE - This Feb. 19, 2019 file photo shows former President Barack Obama speaking at the My Brother's Keeper Alliance Summit in Oakland, Calif.

Although he's no longer president of the United States, Barack Obama has maintained a tradition he had during his time in the Oval Office of filling out brackets for the annual NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments.

On Thursday just before the first round of the men's tournament began, Obama released his 2019 brackets, with mixed predictions for how the Utah State Aggies will do in that tournament and how the BYU Cougars will fare on the women's side.

Obama picked the 8th-seeded Aggies to beat the 9th-seeded Washington Huskies on Friday, while he has the 7th-seeded Cougars falling to the 10th-seeded Auburn Tigers on Saturday.

He then predicted that Utah State will lose in the second round to the 1-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels on Sunday.

Obama predicted that Duke will win the men's tournament and that UConn will win the women's tournament.

Rudy Gobert trolls Joel Embiid

The Utah Jazz's Rudy Gobert and the Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid are two of the best young centers in the NBA, and their competition with one another spilled over into social media earlier this week.

On Wednesday night in a win over the Boston Celtics, Embiid scored 37 points and grabbed a career-high 22 rebounds. In an interview after the game, which was captured in an Instagram post by the account House of Highlights, Embiid said, "I'm the best defensive player in the league ... I'm the most unstoppable player in the league."

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As noted on Twitter by Jazz fan John Keeffer, Gobert commented on the post a short time later with just three "crying laugh" emojis.

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And finally...

Former Runnin' Ute Andrew Bogut made his first appearance in a home game on Thursday night after re-joining the Golden State Warriors earlier this week, and a video welcoming him back was played at Oracle Arena.