LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville men's basketball team finally capped its 2013 season on Tuesday with the traditional trip to the White House after winning the NCAA national championship in early April.
President Barack Obama honored head coach Rick Pitino and the Cardinals in the White House East Room, commending the team on its remarkable season on the court as well as its achievements in the classroom. Following Obama's remarks, Pitino spoke to the media and then presented the president with a team jersey and a red Louisville Slugger baseball bat commemorating the victory.
After the White House visit, the team also toured the Capitol and visited with U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and others before departing for Louisville.
The Cardinals (35-5) won the 2013 NCAA Championship as well as the BIG EAST tournament title and regular season co-championship. It was Louisville's third NCAA title (also 1980, 1986), its first in 27 years, and was the Cardinals' 10th Final Four appearance and second straight. Louisville closed the season with 16 straight victories as the Cardinals won a school-record 35 games.