WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has congratulated coach Rick Pitino (pih-TEE'-noh) and the University of Louisville men's basketball team on winning this year's NCAA championship.
The White House says Obama also congratulated Pitino on his induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
During a telephone call on Wednesday, the White House says Obama told the coach that Monday night's game was exciting to watch and that he's built an impressive team. Louisville defeated Michigan 82-76 to win the tournament.
Obama said he and first lady Michelle Obama also were proud of the way guard Kevin Ware handled his broken leg during the team's Midwest Regional final victory over Duke.
The president, who is an ardent basketball fan, said he looks forward to congratulating the team in person at the White House.

NCAAB Top Stories

Thumbnail Arizona State vs. Cal Prediction Will the Arizona State Sun Devils cover the spread as a double-digit road favorite when they take on the Cal Golden Bears at 10:30 p.m. ET...
Thumbnail Gonzaga vs. Santa Clara Prediction Will the over cash when the Gonzaga Bulldogs take on the Santa Clara Broncos tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET?
Thumbnail Florida vs. Kentucky Pick Can No. 18 Kentucky dispatch its SEC rival when the Wildcats host Florida tonight at 8:15PM ET?
Thumbnail Georgia vs. Auburn Prediction Will the Auburn Tigers cover the point spread Saturday evening when they take on the Georgia Bulldogs at 6:00 p.m. ET?
Thumbnail Tennessee vs. South Carolina Pick Which SEC team will get over the .500 mark in conference play tonight as South Carolina hosts Tennessee at 6PM ET?

NCAAB Headlines

NCAAB Team Pages