NCAA Tournament: How Does Your Bracket Fare Against These Celebrities' Picks?

Ezra AmacherContributor IIIMarch 20, 2011

NCAA Tournament: How Does Your Bracket Fare Against These Celebrities' Picks?

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    Following the conclusion of Saturday's final NCAA tournament game, most people's brackets are either looking pretty good or have been busted.

    The same is true for celebrities who publicly posted their tournament picks online. President Obama's bracket is looking extraordinary, while Charlie Sheen has had a rough couple of days.

    No. 1 seed Pittsburgh losing to Butler created a frenzy in the college basketball world while crushing many people's hopes of winning their office pool. Anyone who picked San Diego State to go far were on the edge of their seat, as the Aztecs barely hung on to beat No. 7-seed Temple in double overtime.

    If your bracket is not busted yet, you are off to a great start, but tomorrow could bring havoc, as there are many games that will feature potential upsets, such as Washington versus UNC, George Mason versus Ohio State and VCU versus Purdue.

    The celebrities featured in this article have ranged from doing very well to extremely poor in terms of how accurate their predictions are.

    Here is your chance to compare how the bracket(s) you created compares to the predictions made by some notable celebrities.

Barack Obama, President of the United States

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    President Obama got off to an amazing start when he accurately predicted 29 of the 32 second-round games.

    In the third round's first eight games, he didn't do so great, as he only went 5-3. He also predicted Pitt would go to the Final Four, putting an end to any chances he had of winning ESPN.com's Tournament Challenge.

    The President has so many other things to worry about, but he was probably at least a little upset to see the Panthers fall to Butler. He also incorrectly predicted that Frank Martin's Kansas State Wildcats would beat Wisconsin and that Louisville would advance to the Sweet 16.

    The only other notable third-round pick by Obama is Arizona over Texas. Behind Derrick Williams, the Wildcats have a good chance of pulling out an upset.

    In the Final Four, he likes Ohio State and Kansas to advance to the championship game. In the end, President Obama thinks it will be Bill Self's team that gets invited to meet him later this year.

    In the grand scheme of things, Obama has done a remarkable job of predicting these tournament games, especially when so much else is going on in the world.

LeBron James, NBA All-Star for Miami Heat

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    LeBron's bracket sparked controversy before the tournament even started, after he first said he liked Ohio State to win it all before releasing a bracket on his website that predicts Duke to be the eventual champions.

    James had a rather weak showing in the second round, as he went 25-7, in large part because he missed three of the four No. 6 versus No. 11 seed matchups. He did predict Richmond to upset Vanderbilt and Gonzaga to knock off St. John's.

    But, much like many other celebrities, he had Pitt going to the Final Four, so their third-round loss to Butler ruined any chance he had of picking a decent bracket. To make things worse, he had Louisville facing off against Pitt and liked the Panthers to advance to play Duke in the championship game.

    The other semifinal is what caused so much controversy. James has declared himself a Buckeye fan but had the Blue Devils beating his home-state team.

    Perhaps he realized that picking Ohio State to win the title was still not going to change his image back in Ohio, so he went with what he really expected to happen.

    Either way, LeBron's bracket has already been busted, so the outcome of that potential semifinal game won't make too big of an impact on where he finishes in the Miami Heat bracket pool (if there is one).

Conan O'Brien, Host of Late Night with Conan O'Brien

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    Team Conan has done a fairly good job of accurately picking the action so far, but Pitt's loss to Butler will prevent the late night television host of having one of the better brackets created by celebrities.

    In the second round, he went 25-7 and in the first eight games of the third round, he impressively picked seven correct. The one game he missed, however, happened to be Pitt versus Butler.

    Not only did he have Pittsburgh beating Butler, he also had them winning their next two games, meaning he has already lost one of his Final Four teams. He then predicted Pitt would lose to Kansas in the national semifinal game.

    Conan expects Duke and North Carolina to face off in the other semifinal game, and he likes the Blue Devils to advance and play Kansas for the championship. In that game, Conan will be hoping Nolan Smith and Duke repeat last season's success and win their second straight title.

    If Duke does win, maybe he should invite Coach K onto his show.

Snoop Dogg, Grammy Nominated Rapper/ Actor

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    Poor Snoop Dogg. The rapper had Pittsburgh going all the way, so you know how he must have felt when the Panthers missed a game-winning free throw before fouling in the final second, to give Butler a chance to win on their game-winning free throws.

    Snoop Dogg is known as a die-hard Lakers fan, and maybe he should stick to being a fan of the NBA. In the second round, he only went 22-10, and that included accurately predicting lower seeds Richmond and Marquette to advance.

    In the first eight games of the third round, he only got four of them right. What ruined his bracket (and the brackets of so many other people) was that he picked Pitt to win it all. He also had Louisville playing Pitt in the Final Four.

    The other half of Dogg's bracket doesn't look quite so bad, as he correctly picked UConn, Kentucky and San Diego State to advance to the Sweet 16. He also likes Arizona's chances against Texas today, but thinks it will be Duke advancing out of the West region to face UNC in a national semifinal game.

    He likes the Tar Heels to beat Coach K's Blue Devils, and if he could do it over again, he would almost certainly pick North Carolina to beat Pittsburgh in the championship game.

    If Washington upsets UNC today, Snoop Dogg's bracket will look even worse.

Lil' Wayne, Award Winning Rapper

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    Lil' Wayne's bracket is better than average, but it is far from perfect. In the second round, he only went 25-7 due to the fact that he chose nearly no upsets.

    The first eight games in the third round didn't prove to be much better, as he went 5-3. Wayne was yet another celebrity who picked Pittsburgh to advance to the Final Four (where is the love for BYU or Florida?), and he also had Louisville going to the Sweet 16.

    Other than that, Wayne's bracket is still doing okay, and he is near the top of ESPN.com's Tournament Challenge after the first 40 games.

    In the Final Four, he likes Ohio State to beat No. 3-seed UConn. He also picked Kansas to beat Pittsburgh, and the odds of the Jayhawks reaching the championship game had to go up considerably after the Panthers were upset.

    Finally, the Grammy-winning rapper thinks Jared Sullinger and the Buckeyes will be cutting down the nets in Houston.

    Overall, Lil' Wayne has done a decent job of predicting what will happen. At the very least, he should get an even warmer response when he performs at the Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday.

Michelle Beadle, Co-Host of SportsNation

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    Michelle Beadle of ESPN's SportsNation is one of the most knowledgeable females in the country when it comes to sports. Unfortunately, her bracket does not reflect how smart she is.

    Beadle has gone a dismal 23-17 in the first 40 games, coming in at 5,778,891 on ESPN.com. She did okay in the second round but has gone 0-8 in the third round.

    However, she did correctly pick Morehead State to upset Louisville, but she then predicted them to beat Vanderbilt in order to advance to the Sweet 16. What really busted Michelle was that she picked St. John's to go all the way to the championship game before losing to Ohio State.

    Even though she is only in the 2.4 percentile (pretty much everyone below her didn't even complete their bracket), there is a good chance she will fall even farther down in the rankings.

    Needless to say, Beadle has put together a very poor showing, and her co-host Colin Cowherd's success is insult to injury.

Charlie Sheen, Used To Be on Two and a Half Men

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    How would you expect Charlie Sheen to be doing in his bracket pool? Duh. Winning!

    Sadly, Sheen is not doing so great after all. Who would have thought that both Long Island and Akron would lose in the second round? One of them, maybe. But for both of the schools that Sheen actually predicted would play in the championship game to lose, that is beyond words.

    Sheen did not do so hot in the second round, only going 20-12 (possibly 21-11). To be fair, it is hard to tell whether he wrote Louisville or Morehead State, and considering his risk-taking personality, he probably chose Morehead State.

    Charlie Sheen's Final Four consists of two Ohio schools, Cincy and Akron, along with BYU and Long Island. There is no point in looking up what connections he has with all of those schools, other than that he is a fan of Ohio sports teams and maybe he used to visit LIU when he lived in New York City.

    In the championship game, Sheen liked Akron to beat Long Island, although he wrote the word tie on the line where the winner's name is supposed to be.

    Even though his bracket was probably busted before the seeds were even given out, Sheen is still winning in life, and to him, that's all that matters.