President Obama Lagging at 18th (Out of 32) in White House NCAA Pool

By Caitlin Taylor

Mar 30, 2009 12:49pm

Now that the NCAA basketball tournament has been winnowed down from 64 to the Final Four, how is President Obama doing with his NCAA picks?

Pretty weak, though he still could end up having picked the winner.

President Obama had picked Louisville, Pitt, Memphis and UNC to go to the Final Four.

Of those teams, only UNC has actually made it to the Final Four.

He thought No. 3 seed Villanova was going to lose to No. 2 seed Duke in the Sweet 16. But the pride of Philly did not lose to those Blue Devils, and is in the Final Four.

He foresaw No. 2 seed Memphis beating No. 3 Mizzou in the Sweet 16. But Memphis did not rise to the challenge, losing 102-91 (after which Mizzou lost to Connecticut).

He did not predict that the No. 2 Michigan State Spartans would upset the No. 1 Louisville Cardinals, which they did, in the Elite Eight, 64-52.

President Obama is doing worse than 53.17 percent of those in ESPN’s pool.

In the White House pool, President Obama is ranked 18th out of 32.

President Obama still has time to recover a bit if the Tarheels go all the way.

But since there are those ranked ahead of him in the ESPN pool who have also picked UNC to go all the way, it’s a mathematical certainty that he won’t win that one. (It’s unclear if any of the 17 ahead of him in the White House pool picked the Tarheels, so theoretically at least he could still win that contest.)

- jpt

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