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Fear not, slowpoke gamblers: Theres still time to fill out that NCAA Tournament bracket. The games dont begin in earnest until Thursday morning, so many bracket pools still have several hours remaining for cogitation and predictions.
President Obama on Wednesday afternoon tweeted a link to a page on barackobama.com where you can examine his bracket and fill out one of your own. The presidents love of hoops is well documented; he was known in high school as Barry OBomber for his lefty jumpshot, and coolly drained a three-pointer for troops in Kuwait during the 2008 presidential campaign.
Mashable decided to give the Obama Bracket Challenge a whirl, and in the process found a tech-centric bracket service to help with your picks if you trust algorithms more than intuition.
Pick My Bracket is a site with an interesting premise enter the stats you deem most important, and it produces a bracket based on seedings, statistics and some randomness. The sites criteria is a bit simplistic, however, you only get to pick one of four stats (offense, defense, rebounds or assists) to emphasize, along with another more offbeat factor. But its not a bad start for a group of college kids, and fun to play with. Pairing defense with SAT Scores crowned Duke as national champion, while matching offense and partying gave Kansas the title.
If you trust in tech, Pick My Bracket could give you a leg up on President Obama. Its fun to compare your picks against his in the bracket challenge, but also ends with a bit of a letdown. After finishing your picks, the site whisks you away to a page asking for credit card information and donations. But, like the site says, theres another another big match-up thats happening this year: the one in November.Read full article>>