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Obama's NCAA Bracket Nearly Derailed By Big East

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NEW YORK — The presidential bracket is looking pretty good.

President Barack Obama correctly predicted 10 of 12 winners, with four games remaining Friday, on the NCAA tournament's second day. That came a day after he went 12 for 16 in Thursday's first-round games.

Obama's only blemishes Friday were 13th-seeded Siena, which lost to fourth-seeded Purdue 72-64, and ninth-seeded Florida State, which fell to No. 8 seed Gonzaga 67-60.

The First Fan took a few chances on his bracket, which he filled out for ESPN for the second straight year. Siena was the second No. 13 seed he picked; he correctly chose Murray State to upset fourth-seeded Vanderbilt on Thursday.

Obama also had 12th-seeded Cornell topping No. 5 seed Temple – and the Big Red came through with a 78-65 victory Friday.

Obama has his Final Four intact: Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky and Villanova. He predicted North Carolina's national championship victory last year, when his bracket ranked 903,125th overall – just above the 80th percentile in ESPN's online contest.

His biggest miss so far was Georgetown, which he predicted would reach the round of eight. The Hoyas, the No. 3 seed in the Midwest Regional, were stunned by 14th-seeded Ohio 97-83 on Thursday.

Marquette is the only other of his picks for the round of 16 that has lost. The sixth-seeded Golden Eagles were edged by No. 11 seed Washington 80-78 on Thursday night.

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