The president joined his in-laws to watch his niece play in Maryland

By Adam Carlson
Updated March 21, 2015 02:00 PM
Credit: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

Even President Barack Obama has caught a bit of March Madness.

POTUS was in the stands today in College Park, Maryland, cheering on his niece, Leslie Robinson, as her undefeated Princeton Tigers beat the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Phoenix, 80-70, in the first round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament.

Obama was accompanied by daughter Malia, mother-in-law Marian Robinson, brother-in-law Craig Robinson (who is Leslie’s dad) and other Robinson family members – plus Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

Both Craig and Obama’s wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, attended Princeton University, so it is a school that is close to the First Family’s hearts.

While most of the bunch sat a few rows from courtside wearing orange “Tiger Pride” T-shirts, Obama opted for a dark sweater.

The game, a come-from-behind victory after trailing at the half, saw Princeton’s first NCAA Tournament win in school history.

It looks like Leslie didn’t get any actual play time in the game, though she’ll get another chance when the Tigers face either No. 1 seed Maryland or No. 16 seed New Mexico State in the second round on Monday.

Obama is optimistic: In his personal NCAA bracket, released Thursday, the president has Princeton’s team making it all the way to the Final Four before falling to University of Connecticut.