NCAA Tournament

Barack Obama's Bracket: Update on President's Picks Heading into Sweet 16

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 13:  U.S. President Barack Obama (R) smiles as he is interviewed by broadcaster Clark Kellogg (C) along with British Prime Minister David Cameron at half time of the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils game with at UD Arena in the first round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament on March 13, 2012 in Dayton, Ohio.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Richard LangfordCorrespondent IMarch 19, 2012

The leader of the free world knows how to pick college basketball games. Chances are that President Obama's bracket is doing better than yours. I know it's doing better than mine. 

You can view his bracket here. Obama has 11 of the 16 teams left. That 11 includes No. 11 seed North Carolina State.  

In the Round of 64, he correctly picked upset winners VCU, Xavier and Purdue. And he hit just about everything else he picked—72.9 percent to be exact.

That is a sparkling rate. It is far better than 64.6 percent winning percentage of Vegas favorites, or the 68.8 winning percentage of the higher seed. 

The natural thought is to say, "Well, the president has a paid expert make the picks for him." However, the reality is that "paid experts" should have Obama make picks for them. 

Deadspin.com looked at brackets from experts on ESPN, Yahoo, Sports Illustrated and CBS Sports. They threw in a couple of celebrities, and out of all of these, Obama has the second highest correct pick rate. Only ESPN's Jay Bilas has a higher rate. 

Obama picked North Carolina to win it all. This pick could be hampered by the Kendall Marshall injury, but than again, he probably could tell that was going to happen and knew they'd overcome. So congratulations to North Carolina. At this point, if Obama says they are going to win, I believe him. 

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