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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Obama Predicts Early Exit for Mizzou, Illini in Tourney

Posted By on Wed, Mar 18, 2009 at 2:21 PM

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In perhaps the biggest sports media coup in history, the worldwide leader got the leader of the free world to post his March Madness bracket on ESPN.com rather than the site for NCAA tournament sponsor CBS.

Obama agreed to the deal way back in October during an interview with ESPN's Andy Katz and there's there's no denying that reading the president's hand-scrawled bracket, complete with indecisive strike-throughs on a few picks, is fascinating.

By now you probably know that the man in charge is an admitted hoopaholic. Not only is he having the White House bowling alley removed in favor of a full-court basketball set-up, his personal aide is former Duke player Reggie Love, and he's been known to shoot hoops with the North Carolina Tar Heels, who he picked to win the championship.

But the big question: how does he feel about the odds for the hometown favorites?

He has the University of Illinois Illini, the team from his home state, falling in the second round to Gonzaga. The pick is actually pretty generous considering that Illinois losing to Western Kentucky is a popular upset special in the first round. (The prez picked mostly favorites to win, and had three one seeds and a two seed in the Final Four.)

As for the Missouri Tigers, Obama has them reaching the Sweet 16 but losing to Memphis. Looks like he originally had them losing to Marquette in the second round but changed his mind. Maybe he reads the Rundown and was convinced that Mizzou has too tough a road to travel to get past the third round.


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