Bubba Likes Hoyas In March Madness

Good news for Georgetown University men's basketball fans: Noted college hoops fan Bill Clinton thinks the Hoyas could go all the way to the Georgia Dome. "I think he might be leaning toward Georgetown," says Bubba's sports pal and political guru James Carville.

The "Rajun Cajun" should know. Not only did they talk basketball at dinner last week, but Clinton's planning to talk March Madness brackets with Carville and his XM radio show 60/20 cohost Luke Russert, son of the Meet the Press host Tim Russert. "He loves college basketball as much as anything," says Carville, "and the tournament is his kind of thing."

Clinton spokesman Jay Carson adds that the ex-prez attends games when he can, especially when back home. "He is of course," says Carson, "always pulling for his beloved [University of Arkansas] Razorbacks."

Still, Carville-who likes UCLA and North Carolina this year-says Clinton has no secret to making accurate hoops picks other than studying the stats. "I think he's a knowledgeable fan, but my guess is that even when you're the president, you're not much better than the secretary who somehow always wins the damn thing."

By Paul Bedard