Obama Celebrates UConn’s Winning Basketball Teams

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President Barack Obama (center) poses with Stefanie Dolson (left) and Bria Hartley (2nd from left) of the UConn women's Huskies and Ryan Boatright (2nd from right) and Shabazz Napier (right) of the UConn men's Huskies during an event in honor of the NCAA 2014 Champions, the UConn Huskies Mens and Womens Basketball teams in the East Room of the White House June 9, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama (center) poses with Stefanie Dolson (left) and Bria Hartley (2nd from left) of the UConn women’s Huskies and Ryan Boatright (2nd from right) and Shabazz Napier (right) of the UConn men’s Huskies during an event in honor of the NCAA 2014 Champions, the UConn Huskies Mens and Womens Basketball teams in the East Room of the White House June 9, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON –€” It was double the celebration at the White House for the University of Connecticut.

President Barack Obama welcomed the school’s men’s and women’s basketball teams Monday for an event marking their NCAA championships. It’s only the second time a school has won both titles in the same year.

The only other time that happened? 2004, when UConn also earned both titles.

Obama joked that while he’s trying to cut duplicative programs, UConn might be carrying things too far.

The president said that while he picked the long-dominant women’s team to win in his NCAA tournament bracket, he didn’t pick the underdog men’s team. But he joked that “neither did anybody else.”

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