Louisville, Michigan to Play for NCAA Title

Each advances to Monday night's championship game

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Apr 6, 2013 10:43 PM CDT

(Newser) – The brackets are nearly filled in: Louisville and Michigan will play Monday night for the NCAA title. Top-seed Louisville advanced tonight by ending the Cinderella run of ninth-seed Wichita State, 72-68, but the Cardinals had to overcome a 12-point deficit in the final 10 minutes. Michigan, meanwhile, beat fellow No. 4 seed Syracuse, 61-56. The Wolverines led by 11 after the first half and never trailed in the second—although Syracuse had a chance to tie in the final seconds.

Michigan's Mitch McGary hits the floor during the second half.
Michigan's Mitch McGary hits the floor during the second half.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim watches play against Michigan during the second half.
Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim watches play against Michigan during the second half.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Michigan players react after the victory over Syracuse.
Michigan players react after the victory over Syracuse.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Syracuse basketball players walk off the court after the game.
Syracuse basketball players walk off the court after the game.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Wichita State fans watch play against Louisville during the second half.
Wichita State fans watch play against Louisville during the second half.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Louisville's Luke Hancock, left, and Stephan Van Treese celebrate after the victory over Wichita State.
Louisville's Luke Hancock, left, and Stephan Van Treese celebrate after the victory over Wichita State.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Michigan's Tim Hardaway Jr. reacts after a Michigan  3-point shot.
Michigan's Tim Hardaway Jr. reacts after a Michigan 3-point shot.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Louisville's Kevin Ware waves after the game.
Louisville's Kevin Ware waves after the game.   (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Wichita State's Carl Hall, left, and Louisville's Russ Smith vie for a loose ball.
Wichita State's Carl Hall, left, and Louisville's Russ Smith vie for a loose ball.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Louisville players watch play against Wichita State during the second half.
Louisville players watch play against Wichita State during the second half.   (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim reacts to play.
Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim reacts to play.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Michigan's Mitch McGary dunks against Syracuse.
Michigan's Mitch McGary dunks against Syracuse.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Michigan head coach John Beilein speaks to his players.
Michigan head coach John Beilein speaks to his players.   (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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