Thursday, March 19, 2009

President Obama Has Villanova Reaching Sweet 16, #11 Temple Upsetting #6 Arizona State in First Round

To the Villanova Wildcats faithful-

President Barack Obama - in what WPVI's Jamie Apody wittily described as "Baracketology" - believes that #3 Villanova will not only survive the clash with DC's Cinderella #14 American Eagles, but that they will also reach the Sweet 16.

The President does have an upset in Philadelphia - he has #11 Virginia Commonwealth overcoming #6 UCLA in the second game this evening... and the Wildcats topping the Rams on Saturday.

Unfortunately, he believes that's the end of the road, going with #2 Duke over Villanova in the Sweet 16.

He also selected the #11 Temple Owls to upset #6 Arizona State in the first round, before falling to #3 Syracuse in the second round...

My own impression of the President's bracket, in addition to praising him for participating in March Madness..

His bracket is very cautious; his Elite Eight consists of the #1 and #2 seeds in three regions (including ours), and the #1 and #3 in the South (North Carolina, his national champion, and Syracuse). His Sweet 16 has no team lower than #5 Purdue. However, he did have some reasonably daring picks (double-digit seeds winning) picks in the first round- VCU, Temple, and #10 Maryland.

Go Wildcats!

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