(CNN) - During a Wednesday swing through North Carolina to promote the administration's economic recovery package, Vice President Joe Biden couldn't quite bring himself to endorse the University of North Carolina's bid to win the NCAA basketball championship.
Speaking to a crowd in the town of Pikeville, just 90 miles from Chapel Hill, the vice president announced: "Go Tar Heels - unless they're playing Villanova."
Biden pointed out that his wife Jill graduated from Villanova (she earned a Master's degree there in 1987). "I got to tell you, I know it's politically incorrect to come to North Carolina and say you're for another team," he said, according to a White House transcript. "If Villanova is out of it this round, no problem, I'm for North Carolina."
Biden said he would put money on the Tar Heels to beat 'Nova in their Final Four match-up on Saturday, if he were betting. But, he said, "I can't bet against Villanova for a simple reason: I'll be sleeping alone. My wife graduated from Villanova. So you all are important, but I like sleeping with my wife."
With the crowd chuckling, Biden wrapped up his remarks with an equivocation. "Good luck," he said. "Unless it is Villanova."