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Obama to show British leader some March Madness

March 08, 2012|By Michael A. Memoli
  • President Obama, a big basketball fan, plans to attend a game with British Prime Minister David Cameron.
President Obama, a big basketball fan, plans to attend a game with British… (Jewel Samad / Getty Images )

What's a state dinner without the Big Dance?

President Obama is scheduled to share one of his greatest passions with David Cameron during the British prime minister's visit to the United States next week: college hoops.

Obama plans to travel with Cameron to Dayton, Ohio, on Tuesday night to take in an opening-round game in the men's NCAA basketball tournament, the White House confirmed.

The NCAA tournament -- known as March Madness -- has become a fixture of the Obama presidency. He is an avid fan, and since being elected in 2008, he has unveiled his annual bracket selections on ESPN.

The 2012 NCAA tournament field, which includes 68 teams, is set to be announced Sunday night.

Obama's trip to Britain last year included a sports component as well -- he and Cameron teamed up to play ping-pong doubles against youngsters at a London school.

A White House statement said Obama and Cameron would discuss a "broad array of global issues on which the United States and the United Kingdom cooperate closely in order to advance our common values and shared interests, including: Afghanistan, the Middle East, Iran, human rights, and global economic stability and growth."

Cameron, who is bringing his wife, Samantha, is to be the guest of honor at a White House state dinner Wednesday night.

michael.memoli@latimes.com

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