Anoop Desai says he faked illness so he could skip a taping session during his "American Idol" performances and watch North Carolina win the NCAA basketball title.
The Herald-Sun of Durham reported Tuesday that Desai told friends and family at a reception that he went straight to a television set to watch the win.
The 22-year-old Desai is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was honored Monday by the school. Desai said he missed being in Chapel Hill during the basketball playoffs.
The university's alumni association sponsored the Monday reception for Desai and gave him a photo of celebrations on Franklin Street. It was autographed by North Carolina coach Roy Williams.