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Obama honors NCAA champion Wildcats at White House

By: Melissa Etezadi Email
By: Melissa Etezadi Email

President Barack Obama is paid tribute to the University of Kentucky men's basketball team for winning the NCAA championship last month. However, he admits itt wasn't the team he had picked to win.

At a White House ceremony Friday, Obama told the team he thought
they were good enough to make the NCAA finals. But he noted that a
year ago several starters were still in high school. "Of course I knew Kentucky was good," explains President Obama, "I had them in the championship game, but in the end, I thought, they got all freshman. These guys are too young, I mean keep in mind, at this time last year, three of the wildcats' five starters were still in high school. Some were not even old enough to vote!"

Still, he conceded, sometimes talent overcomes experience.
Kentucky defeated Kansas to win the championship.

Obama saved a man hug for team center Anthony Davis, who is from
Obama's hometown of Chicago and won the Most Outstanding Player award at the Final Four.

An avid basketball fan, Obama picked North Carolina to beat
Kentucky in the title game. North Carolina was eliminated in the

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