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Vice President Joe Biden is set to host two of the NCAA's top basketball champions at the White House on Tuesday, but his office made no mention of Iowa in the announcement.
The White House said Monday that Biden, accompanied by his wife Jill, will host the Connecticut Huskies and the LSU Tigers, who won the men's and women's NCAA basketball championships, respectively.
The announcement came as a surprise to many, as Biden had previously expressed his support for the University of Iowa Hawkeyes, who were eliminated in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Biden has been a vocal supporter of the Hawkeyes, attending several games and even wearing an Iowa shirt during a campaign stop in Iowa City.
But the White House announcement made no mention of Iowa. It instead focused on the accomplishments of the two champions, noting that the Huskies won their fourth national championship, while the Tigers won their second.
The announcement said Biden will “celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of the teams, their coaches, and the student-athletes who have represented their universities and states with distinction.”
It’s unclear why Biden chose to host the two teams and not the Hawkeyes, but some have speculated that it could be due to the Hawkeyes' poor performance in the tournament.
The event is scheduled to take place in the East Room of the White House on Tuesday afternoon. It will be open to the public.