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Best title game ever? A perfect ending
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On April 9, 2013 @ 9:00 am In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY Sports
Welcome to the final entry of Bracket Briefing, our attempt to provide you with the essential information on the Big Dance — highlighting the Florida Gulf Coasts and Wichita States of the college basketball world, and also toasting to the Kevin Ware and Luke Hancock moments.
At the water cooler: How about that for a finish? The age-old adage “it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish” rarely applies to the Big Dance. The past NCAA tournament championships have been, for lack of better word, boring. We’ll typically see an NCAA tournament dominated by storybook upsets and Cinderella runs. But the championship game rarely has that awe factor, that “did you see Spike Albrecht beast in the first half factor?” That “Luke Hancock won Most Outstanding Player?” factor.
Duke’s 2010 title win over Butler had a last-second game-winner fall short and an overtime 2008 thriller between Kansas and Memphis pumped the adrenaline. But this game trumps other title games of recent memory. Louisville vs. Michigan had it all — from alley-oop dunks, an abundance of unsung heroes, clutch shots, premiere matchups — this was, by this writer’s count, the best in college basketball’s 75 years. See the 5 best moments of Monday’s title game in The Morning Win.
The best One Shining Moment ever? If you disagree with Monday night’s national title claiming the best of all-time status, it’s difficult to argue the image of Louisville injured star Kevin Ware cutting down the net — a fitting final chapter to one of the most inspiring stories in tournament history — as a memory that trumps other shining moments. Ware’s character after a traumatic injury, one of the most gruesome in recent sports history, inspired the Cardinals on the final stretch of their title run.
Star of the night: Please, don’t act like you don’t know. Luke Hancock, the unlikeliest Most Outstanding Player in Final Four history, stole the show on Monday night. He became the first bench player since 1939 to win that honor. Kevin Ware’s touching moment even couldn’t outdo this. Rick Pitino’s Hall … [For more on Bracket Briefing: Best title game ever? A perfect ending, click here.]
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