Obama picks UofA to make it to the Final Four

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CBS 5 News anchor Catherine Anaya was one of a handful of acnhors invited to interview President Obama at the White House. (Source: Catherine Anaya) CBS 5 News anchor Catherine Anaya was one of a handful of acnhors invited to interview President Obama at the White House. (Source: Catherine Anaya)
WASHINGTON (CBS5/AP) -

President Barack Obama is picking Michigan State to win the NCAA men's basketball championship over defending champion Louisville.

Arizona and Florida round out his Final Four picks.

CBS 5 News was one of a handful of television stations from around the country who had anchors getting brief interviews with Obama at the White House on Wednesday.

When asked why he didn't pick Arizona to win the national title, Obama told CBS 5 News anchor Catherine Anaya that the Wildcats are tough but they lost a key starter when forward Brandon Ashley suffered a season-ending foot injury on Feb. 1.

If not for that, Obama says he would have picked the UofA to go all the way.

But now that the president has eliminated the Wildcats from title contention, Obama said, "You know Arizona looks tough. I've got to say that they lost a key start which was tough for him. If it hadn't been for that, I would've picked them going all the way. But they've had a terrific season. They should be congratulated. I'm sure they are intent on surprising me."

Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved.  CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation) contributed to this report.