While Barack Obama was dealing with multiple international crises, he also must have been watching a whole lot of college basketball.
For the third consecutive year, President Obama filled out an NCAA tournament bracket, and this one might be good enough to win himself $10,000.
After the completion of the second round, Obama has racked up 290 points on ESPN.com's Tournament Challenge, meaning he correctly picked 29 of the first 32 games played. That incredible accomplishment ranks his entry 492nd place out of over 5.9 million brackets created on the website.
Obama, whose brother-in-law is Oregon State head basketball coach Craig Robinson, took some big risks in the second round, but they paid off. Not many people could have guessed that double-digit seeds Richmond, Gonzaga, Marquette and Florida State would all win, but our president did.
The only flaws in Obama's bracket are that he picked Michigan State, Georgetown and Louisville to advance to the third round. He then chose Louisville to beat Richmond in the Round of 32, a prediction that could potentially prevent him from winning the challenge.
His other notable third-round predictions are Kansas State over Wisconsin and Arizona over Texas. Either Obama wants to win over some voters in the two potential swing states (both Arizona and Kansas went Republican in the 2008 election) or he simply likes Wildcats.
In the Sweet 16, he likes Ohio State, UNC, Duke, UConn, Kansas, Purdue, Pitt and Florida all to advance. In the Elite Eight, the president thinks it will be all No. 1 seeds going to the Final Four.
From there, he predicts Ohio State to beat Duke and Kansas to top Pitt. Finally, he thinks the Jayhawks will take down the Buckeyes in the national championship game.
Although Obama's bracket predictions may not mean anything, he has at least proven himself as a very knowledgeable college basketball fan.