[Guest post by DRJ]
It’s game time and CBS Sports is offering the games for free online, so you don’t have to choose between basketball and Patterico. Here are some early results from Round 1:
Xavier beat Georgia.
Kansas beat Portland State.
Michigan St over Temple.
Marquette beat Kentucky.
Pittsburgh beat Oral Roberts.
UNLV over Kent St.
Purdue beat Baylor.
Stanford walloped Cornell.
There are several games in progress. The only surprise I see is that USC trails Kansas ST 37-27 at the half.
UPDATE: ABC reports that Obama picked the brackets but he picked relatively few upsets:
“For a man who purports to know his basketball, it is surprisingly free of unconventional picks. And he may have handed Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., a potent electability argument: Can America trust a man who, when he picks up that phone at 3 am, does not select a single 5-12 upset?
Bottom line: This is the bracket of a cautious politician who is not immune to political pandering.”
ABC also claims that Ben Smith caught Obama doing a flip-flop when he picked Pittsburgh over Stanford in the brackets, but he told a radio station he was picking Stanford:
“UPDATE: Politico’s Ben Smith e-mails to point out that choosing Pittsburgh was a flip-flop: Obama told a North Carolina radio station Thursday morning that he would be choosing Stanford OVER Pittsburgh to get to the Final Four. So he was against Pittsburgh before he was for it?”
So much for change …