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Louisville Wins 2013 NCAA Championship
Posted By Yannis Koutroupis On April 8, 2013 @ 11:43 pm In NCAA | No Comments
After trailing by 12 points in the first half for the second time in the 2013 Final Four, the Louisville Cardinals mounted a second half comeback to win the national championship, 82-76, over the Michigan Wolverines.
The win gives Louisville their third men’s basketball national championship and their first under Rick Pitino, who was elected into the Hall of Fame this past weekend and now has a second national championship to add to his resume. He is the only coach to win championships with two different programs, with his first coming at Kentucky in 1996.
Michigan’s point guard play was the story of the first half. Trey Burke, the National Player of the Year, scored their first seven points, but picked up his second foul early in the period. Spike Albrecht, a freshman who rarely played during the regular season, erupted for 17 points in his place.
Sharpshooting Cardinals reserve Luke Hancock picked up right where he left off in the national semifinals, though, and nearly matched Albrecht with 16 of his own. Fourteen of those were unanswered. At the end of the first, he brought Louisville back to within one. He finished with 22 points, earning the 2013 Most Outstanding Player award.
In the second half, the Cardinals got huge efforts Gorgui Dieng, Peyton Siva and Chane Behanan. Dieng and Behanan dominated in the interior and Siva controlled the tempo in a game where his backcourt mate Russ Smith struggled mightily.
Michigan was led by Burke’s 24 points. Siva finished with 18 points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals. Dieng had eight points, eight rebounds, six assists and three blocks. Behanan contributed 15 points and 12 rebounds.
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