FRANKFORT — Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear wasted no time giving an answer Tuesday when asked who will win this year's men's NCAA basketball tournament.
"Kentucky," said the University of Kentucky alum.
But how will that other Kentucky team, the one from the state's largest city, fare?
"I haven't filled out my brackets," said a diplomatic Beshear when asked where the University of Louisville will finish.
Beshear, who has been governor since December 2007, noted that teams from Kentucky have done well in the tournament during his tenure.
Kentucky made it to the Final Four in 2011, 2012 and 2014, winning the national championship in 2012 and finishing as national runner-up in 2014.
Louisville won the national championship in 2013 and finished in the Final Four in 2012.
Before Beshear took office, it had been a few years since either Kentucky or Louisville was in the NCAA Final Four.
Louisville made it in 2005 when Ernie Fletcher was governor and Kentucky won the national championship in 1998 during the administration of Gov. Paul Patton.
So does Beshear take credit for the recent success of basketball in the Bluegrass State?
"Of course," he said.