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Obama welcomes UConn men's and women's championship basketball teams to White House

06/09/2014, 5:50pm EDT
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Obama hosts UConn title teams

\Standing in the front row with Obama are, from left, women's basketball players Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley, and men's players Ryan Boatright and Shabazz Napier. ASSOCIATED PRESS

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 today 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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