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Obama honors 2013 NCAA tourney champs Louisville

President Barack Obama is presented with a Louisville Slugger baseball bat from Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino, right, during an event to honor the 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Champions Louisville Cardinals, Tuesday, July 23, 2013, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
President Barack Obama is presented with a Louisville Slugger baseball bat from Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino, right, during an event to honor the 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Champions Louisville Cardinals, Tuesday, July 23, 2013, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) AP

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama congratulated the University of Louisville men's basketball team on working toward a single goal — "to bust my bracket."

Obama picked Indiana to win the 2013 NCAA tournament, but Louisville came out on top. For that, the Cardinals were rewarded with an appearance with the president in the White House East Room.

Obama teased coach Rick Pitino for shirtless photos on the internet that prove he didn't "chicken out" on his promise to get a tattoo if the team won the championship.

Pitino gave Obama a team jersey and a red Louisville Slugger baseball bat commemorating the victory. Pitino joked it may come in handy at difficult press conferences.

Louisville defeated Michigan, 82-76, in the NCAA Tournament championship game, held in Atlanta in April. The Cardinals finished the season 35-5. It was the school's third national title, winning the tournament in 1980 and 1986.

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