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WASHINGTON, DC â€” On Friday, President Barack Obama will welcome the University of Kentucky menâ€™s basketball team to the White House to celebrate their 2012 NCAA championship.Â
Calipari says the first thing the players said in the moments after beating Kansas 67-59 last month was that they were headed to the White House.
“The amazing thing is the first thing that was said when the horn sounded in New Orleans was, â€˜Weâ€™re going to the White House!â€™” Calipari said in a release from UK. â€œItâ€™s one of those moments for these players that they have probably thought about without us even knowing that it was important to them. So Iâ€™m excited about the opportunity for them to meet the President of the United States, the Leader of the Free World and someone who is trying to make a difference in their lives.â€
Kentucky has seven players departing from this yearâ€™s squad including all five starters â€” freshmen Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marquis Teague and sophomores Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb.