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.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Louisville players watch play against Wichita State during the second half.   (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim reacts to play.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Michigan's Mitch McGary dunks against Syracuse.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Michigan head coach John Beilein speaks to his players.   (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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