President Barack Obama called Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski on Tuesday after Duke won the national championship over Wisconsin on Monday night.
The win was Krzyzewski's fifth national championship as a coach and first since 2010. Freshman guard Tyus Jones led Duke in the win with 23 points and five rebounds.
From the White House statement on President Obama's call to Krzyzewski:
"The president noted that this win was the culmination of an impressive year for the team, and how inspiring it was to see so many underclassmen help lead the team throughout the tournament, particularly in the final game. The president looks forward to welcoming the Duke Blue Devils to the White House to congratulate the entire team in person."
President Obama also called Connecticut women's basketball head coach Geno Auriemma on Wednesday. UConn defeated Notre Dame on Tuesday night to capture its 10th NCAA title and third in a row. It its statement, the White House said that the president noted that Auriemma and his team have made the Connecticut women’s basketball program "a sports powerhouse."
As is customary, both teams will be welcomed to the White House at later dates to be congratulated on their respective wins.
- Molly Geary