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April 11, 2013

Obama gets his game on, calls winning basketball coaches

President Obama -- who famously went 2 for 22 during his most recent public time at the hoop -- put in calls to the winning coaches of two university teams.

The White House says Obama called Rick Pitino Wednesday to congratulate him and the University of Louisville men's basketball team for winning the 2013 NCAA championship.

Obama told Pitino "it was an exciting game to watch and that he's built quite an impressive team over the last few years," the White House said. Obama also congratulated Pitino on his induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame and said that he and First Lady Michelle Obama were "very proud of Kevin Ware and the way he handled his injury with grace." 

Obama also called Geno Auriemma to congratulate him and the UConn Huskies on their eighth national championship in the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament.  He praised the team for an "extraordinary season" and asked Auriemma to relay congratulations to Breanna Stewart, who was named most outstanding player of the Final Four.


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