The nation's No. 1 hoops fan has lavished praise on the home team during his visit to the University of Michigan.
President Barack Obama recognized Wolverines stars Nik Stauskas, Glenn Robinson III and Jordan Morgan while campaigning Wednesday for a federal minimum wage hike.
Obama's Ann Arbor stop came three days after a 75-72 loss to Kentucky left Michigan one win short of a second straight Final Four appearance.
The president told Stauskas, Robinson and Morgan they "had a great run," and if they had "5 more seconds" against the Wildcats, "it would have been helpful."
Obama lamented his pre-tournament picks, which had in-state rival Michigan State winning the crown.
The Spartans also lost in the NCAA quarterfinals, prompting Obama to tell the crowd Wednesday that his "bracket's a mess."