Louisville Beats Michigan for National Title


The Louisville Cardinals are the 2013 NCAA tournament champions, defeating the Michigan Wolverines and head coach John Beilein 82 - 76. Louisville's recent hall of fame inductee Rick Pitino is now the first head coach to lead two different programs to national title victories. The champions of college basketball hail from the bluegrass state for the second straight year as Kentucky, Pitino's former team, brought home the title last year under head coach John Calipari.  Senior point guard Peyton Siva took control for Louisville with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. 


National Player of the Year Trey Burke got Michigan in the groove early by hitting their first three buckets of the game on his way to lead all scorers with 24 points. Michigan also received a surprise scoring barrage off the bench from freshman guard Spike Albrecht. Averaging just 1.8 points per game, Albrecht picked the perfect time for his highest production of the year, finishing with 17 points. The Louisville bench answered Michigan's early surge with a burst of 3 pointers from Luke Hancock to cut the Wolverine lead to just one at the half. Hancock, a junior guard/forward, led the Cardinals in scoring with 22 points. Sophomore forward Chane Behanan added 15 points and 12 rebounds for Louisville.

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