Obama Congratulates UConn on College Basketball Dominance

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File photo of President Barack Obama on the phone. (credit: Pete Souza/The White House via Getty Images)

File photo of President Barack Obama on the phone. (credit: Pete Souza/The White House via Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has congratulated the University of Connecticut’s men’s and women’s basketball teams on winning last week’s NCAA tournaments.

The White House says Obama commended men’s head coach Kevin Ollie and his team on their decisive championship victory and noted how he enjoyed watching them throughout the tournament. He told women’s head coach Geno Auriemma how impressive it was to see the team continue to dominate women’s collegiate basketball.

The women’s team, undefeated this season, won a record ninth championship. The men’s team triumphed after an unexpected run under a neophyte coach.

Obama told both coaches that he looked forward to congratulating their teams at the White House soon.

Obama had picked Michigan State to win on the men’s side but stuck with UConn for the women’s championship.

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