Entries in Bracket (3)


President Obama’s NCAA Bracket Tanks

Official White House photo by Pete Souza(NEW YORK) -- Throughout March Madness, President Obama’s bracket had been sitting pretty, ranked high atop ESPN’s Bracket Challenge leader board.

Heading into this weekend’s NCAA games, the president ranked 252,521, placing his presidential selections in the top 96th percentile of 6.5 million entries. After the first weekend of the tournament, Obama’s bracket sat in the 98th percentile.

Unfortunately for the commander in chief, he only picked two teams in the actual Final Four and did not correctly guess the 2012 NCAA men’s basketball champions.

Obama chose the North Carolina Tarheels, not John Calipari’s Wildcats, to go all the way. Instead, UNC was eliminated in the Elite Eight by the Kansas Jayhawks, the runner-up. The only contest during the Final Four where the president gained additional points was for Kentucky’s win over Louisville on Saturday.

As a result, the president’s rank tanked as millions of fans correctly picked Kentucky’s eighth national championship and many others advanced Kansas to the final. Obama finished ranked 2,347,421 with just 1020 points, placing him in the 63.6 percentile.

Three other sports fans finished in a four-way tie for the lead with 1780 points, all correctly picking Kentucky over Kansas in the final. One user, CincyFan007, submitted two of the top-ranked brackets.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


President Obama’s NCAA Bracket in 98th Percentile

Official White House photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- Despite spiking gas prices, setbacks in the war in Afghanistan, and bruising attacks from the campaign trail, President Obama’s numbers are up, way up, when it comes to his bracketology, that is.

After the first weekend of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, Obama’s bracket is in the 98th percentile, according to ESPN.

The president, who picked the University of North Carolina as the overall winner, correctly predicted 11 of the teams that made it to the Sweet 16.

The basketball fan-in-chief had some setbacks though. One of his Final Four picks, the University of Missouri, was eliminated in the first round and a key player for his beloved Tar Heels, sophomore point guard Kendall Marshall, is out with a broken wrist.

The president also underestimated the Buckeye State, a precarious election-year move. Obama only picked one team from Ohio to make it this far, Ohio State, but four teams from the swing state are among the Sweet 16.

Obama, who has gone public with his bracket each year he’s been in office, revealed to ESPN’s Andy Katz how he makes his picks.

“I’m big on momentum, especially in a tournament like this one,” he said. “So whoever is looking hotter at the end of the year, those are teams that I tend to be a little more inclined to pick.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Obama Reveals NCAA Tournament Picks

Official White House photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama has once again picked North Carolina as the team to beat in this year’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

Obama, who correctly picked the Tar Heels to win the 2009 championship, has UNC beating Kentucky in this year’s title game. Ohio State and Missouri are Obama’s other Final Four selections.

“I am going with North Carolina. They’re an older team, more experienced team. And since they won it for me the last time, hopefully I’ll be able to get a little redemption for the last two years,” Obama told ESPN’s Andy Katz.

video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player

The president has gone public with his bracket each year since coming into office. The past two seasons he incorrectly picked Kansas to win the title. “They broke my heart each year,” he said.

The president filled out his bracket Tuesday at the White House before heading to Ohio, where he attended a first-round game with British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

ABC News Radio