Friday, March 19, 2010
Obama has 25 of 32 teams remaining
NEW YORK -- The presidential bracket is looking pretty good after the first round.
President Barack Obama correctly predicted 13 of 16 winners Friday, the second day of the NCAA tournament. That came after he went 12 for 16 on Thursday.
Obama's only blemishes Friday were 13th-seeded Siena, which lost to fourth-seeded Purdue 72-64; ninth-seeded Florida State, which fell to No. 8 seed Gonzaga 67-60; and No. 9 seed Louisville, which was defeated by eighth-seeded California 77-62.
The Big East has been a big bummer for The First Fan. Four of his seven losses have been by teams from the conference that received a tournament-high eight bids.
Obama took a few chances in his bracket, which he filled out for ESPN for the second straight year. Siena was the second No. 13 seed he picked; he correctly chose Murray State to upset fourth-seeded Vanderbilt on Thursday.
Obama also had 12th-seeded Cornell topping No. 5 seed Temple -- and the Big Red came through with a 78-65 victory Friday.
And how's this for some presidential prognostication? He also has his Final Four still intact with Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky and Villanova. Obama predicted North Carolina's national championship victory last year, when his bracket ranked 903,125th overall -- just above the 80th percentile in ESPN's online contest.
His biggest miss so far was Georgetown, which he predicted would reach the round of eight. The Hoyas, the No. 3 seed in the Midwest Regional, were stunned by 14th-seeded Ohio 97-83 on Thursday.
Marquette was his only other pick for the round of 16 that has lost. The sixth-seeded Golden Eagles were edged by No. 11 seed Washington 80-78 on Thursday night.
Obama has only one team eliminated in each of the Midwest (Georgetown) and West (Florida State) Regionals. He's down two teams in the East Regional, and three in the South Regional.