Local News
3:35 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

President Obama Honors Louisville Cardinals at White House

The University of Louisville men’s basketball team was honored at the White House today for winning the 2013 NCAA championship.

President Obama commended the team for its 16 game winning streak that ended with a victory over Michigan in the title game in Atlanta.

"Today we’re here to celebrate a Louisville team that always played hard, that always worked together, that stayed focused on one singular goal, and that is to bust my bracket," Obama joked. 

The president, an avid college basketball fan, picked Indiana to win the championship, although he had U of L in the title game.

During the short ceremony, he also singled out several Cardinals for their efforts and commended the team for its academic achievements.

Coach Rick Pitino presented the president with a Cardinals jersey, a signed basketball and a Louisville Slugger baseball bat. 

U of L guard Russ Smith did not make the Washington trip; he’s playing in an overseas competition this week.