President starts 29-3 in NCAA picks

Updated: March 19, 2011, 1:59 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama got only one pick wrong on the second full day of the NCAA tournament.

Obama went 15-1 Friday and is 29-3 through the second round after filling out a bracket for ESPN for the third straight year.

Obama correctly predicted two upsets Friday: 10th-seeded Florida State's victory over seventh-seeded Texas A&M, and No. 11 Marquette's win over No. 6 Xavier. His only mistake was picking No. 6 Georgetown to beat No. 11 VCU.

The president is in the 100th percentile on ESPN.com's Tournament Challenge, tied for 492nd out of 5,923,829 submitted brackets. Only 19 brackets correctly selected 31 of the 32 second-round games, and just six of those have all of their final 16 teams remaining.

Fifteen of Obama's final 16 are still alive. Obama selected all four No. 1 seeds to make the Final Four, and Kansas to win it all.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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