- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 21, 2009

President Barack Obama won a little game of pickup.

Off to a slow start in his NCAA tournament bracket, the president’s picks fared a lot, lot better Saturday.

All eight of the teams he chose to reach the round of 16 _ North Carolina, Connecticut, Duke, Villanova, Memphis, Oklahoma, Purdue and Gonzaga _ wound up winning.

Obama correctly predicted only 19 of 32 first-round games, leaving him in the bottom 5 percent of the 5-plus million fans who entered ESPN.com’s pool. But with his success Saturday, he’d outpicked 40 percent of the people.

A pair of his choices to make the round of 16, Wake Forest and Florida State, already had lost in the first round.

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