For the second straight year, President Barack Obama doesn't have faith that the NCAA tournament entry closest to his Pennsylvania Avenue home can carry its projected weight.
Just as Obama predicted that North Carolina State would topple Georgetown last season -- which turned out the be the case -- he picked No. 3 seed Florida to prevail over the second-seeded Hoyas in the Sweet 16 during his bracket unveiling with ESPN.
"This one I wrestled with," Obama told ESPN's Andy Katz. "On the original sheet, I had this crossed off, back and forth, but in the end I think Florida is probably the stronger team."
He also picked the Gators to reach the Final Four from the South Region and No. 2 seed Ohio State to represent the West Region.
The President had two conventional upsets in the second round -- No. 11 Belmont over No.?6 Arizona and No. 11 Minnesota over No. 6 UCLA -- but favored No. 1 seeds Louisville and Indiana to reach the final, with the Hoosiers capturing the title.
- Craig Stouffer