Obama to Coach K: ‘I Look Forward To Him Proving Me Wrong’

Mar 19, 2009 4:43pm

ABC News’ Teddy Davis and Huma Khan report:

President Obama called into the "The Ed Schultz" radio show this afternoon and was asked about Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski’s lighthearted jab at his NCAA picks.

"I see the Duke coach doesn’t like your picks?" Asked Schultz.

"Coach K, I think, is a great coach. And you know, Reggie Love, my assistant, played for Coach K. And so it’s not surprising. I didn’t pick him to go to the finals. Look he’s a competitive guy, I just don’t think they’ve got the inside game to go all the way. But I look forward to him proving me wrong," the president said.

It all started with a small interview. Obama filled out his bracket with ESPN reporter Andy Katz this week. His Final Four picks — North Carolina, Louisville, Memphis and Pittsburgh would make it to the Final Four, with the Tar Heels winning the tournament.

"I still think that Duke, a lot of skilled parameter players, [but] they just don’t have the muscle inside. I think [Pitt's DeJuan] Blair is going to eat them up," the president said.

Responding to the president’s lack of faith in Duke — head coach Krzyzewski took a joking jab at the president yesterday, saying: "Somebody said that we’re not in president Obama’s Final Four. And as much as I respect what he’s doing, really, the economy is something that he should focus on, probably more than the brackets. Why would I care about that? I love the guy, and I think he’s gonna be great."

– Teddy Davis and Huma Khan

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