President Barack Obama, huge hoops fan, recently spared a few moments from the pressing matters of the day to do what all good Americans do this time of year: Waste time filling out a college basketball NCAA Tournament bracket.
Here's a link to the President's bracket. CLICK ME! President Obama picked North Carolina to win it all. Not a bad pick, considering the Tar Heels are led by senior forward Tyler Hansbrough, a three-time All-American.
[PICTURED, A baller.]
Of course, we all know that the President can play a little ball. As the saying goes, "He got game." He also might have a little inside information. After all, he is the President. And, of course, his brother-in-law is the head men's basketball coach at Oregon State. So, if you're having trouble filling out your bracket at home (or the office), it might be a good idea to take a little advice from our nation's First Fan.
Avoid rash decisions. Don't go for the big upset. President Obama didn't. All told, the President only picked nine upsets, including five in the first round. Among Obama's first-round upsets, he predicted Temple, an 11 seed, to upset Arizona State, a six seed. He also picked 11-seed VCU to upset UCLA, a six seed. Florida Gators fans should get a kick out of that. Former UF assistant coach Anthony Grant is the head coach at VCU.
As for the Florida State Seminoles, Obama likes them. He picked the 'Noles to upset Xavier in a second-round match-up of swing-state schools.
Obama's first-round upset picks: Maryland (10) over California (7); Temple (11) over Arizona State (6); Butler (9) over LSU (8); VCU (11) over UCLA (6); Tennessee (9) over Oklahoma State (8).
Obama's second-round upset picks: Purdue (5) over Washington (4); Florida State (5) over Xavier (4).
Obama's late-round upset picks: Syracuse (3) over Oklahoma (2) in the Round of 16; Memphis (2) over UConn (1) in the Elite Eight.
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