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May162011

Obama Congratulates UConn Huskies for Winning NCAA Tournament

MIKE THEILER/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama offered his congratulations to the University of Connecticut men's basketball team, winners of the NCAA Tournament this year -- and spoilers of many brackets, including Obama's.

"This is a bittersweet day for me. On the one hand I get to congratulate a great team and a great coach on winning the national championship. On the other hand I'm reminded once again that my bracket was a bust," Obama said to laughter in the East Room. "I didn't pick UConn to win it all. That was a big mistake."

"I was not alone," Obama said, trying to justify his picks. "This was a tough year for a lot of brackets because teams like this one shocked the world," he said.

The UConn Huskies finished the regular season tied for 9th in the Big East conference. But they went on an 11-game win streak, culminating in winning the title. That feat made it an "inspiring season," Obama said.

Obama singled out several star players including Kemba Walker, who Obama said was "never afraid to take a last shot" and "would go down in history as one of the greatest ever to wear the Huskies uniform."

UConn coach Jim Calhoun thanked Obama and stole a line from candidate Obama, by saying, "Yes we can...Yes we did" of their victory. Obama pointed out that Calhoun is now one of only five coaches to ever win three national championships.

The team presented Obama with the obligatory team jersey and Obama promised to play against Kemba Walker only if he wore his street shoes and a suit.

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