(WASHINGTON) — President Obama caught a little bit of hoops fever Saturday afternoon, stopping by the Marquette-Syracuse NCAA men’s college basketball tournament game at the Verizon Center.
The basketball-loving president didn’t pick Marquette or Syracuse to make it to the Elite 8 in his bracket, but instead, thought Miami and Indiana would make it to that level. The president had picked Indiana to win it all, but the team was knocked out by Syracuse in the Sweet 16.
The president said he picked Syracuse to win other games at the urging of Vice President Joe Biden, who attended Syracuse for law school.
“Biden told me that if I didn’t pick em’ he wouldn’t talk to me,” Obama said while filling out his bracket with ESPN.
Earlier this week, the president acknowledged that his bracket is “busted.” Three of his Final Four teams are still in the tournament.
While at the Verizon Center, the president talked with Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, also known as RGIII, according to a tweet from a reporter.
Syracuse ousted Marquette on Saturday 55 to 39.
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