WASHINGTON – The NCAA Basketball Champion Tar Heels received a personal “thank you” from the president. The men’s basketball team from the University of North Carolina visited the White House and presented Mr. Obama with his own Tar Heels jersey. The president thanked the team because he had picked them to win the title before the tournament began. He joked that their win made him look good.

Mr. Obama played a pickup game with the team last spring, when he was a candidate for president. North Carolina was the only one of his Final Four picks to make it to Detroit.