New NCAA Champs: Louisville

Cardinals take down Michigan

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Apr 8, 2013 10:46 PM CDT

(Newser) – It's Louisville. The No. 1 seed beat Michigan 82-76 tonight to win the NCAA championship. Louisville trailed by as many as 12 points in the first half but pulled within one at the break and then gradually took control as the second half wore on. One huge factor: Luke Hancock made all five of his 3-pointers for the Cardinals, who won their first title since 1986. The fourth-seeded Wolverines pulled within four in the final minute, but that was as close as they got.

Coach Rick Pitino added this title to the one he won at Kentucky in 1996 and is the first coach to win a championship at two schools. Hancock scored 22 points and Peyton Siva had 18 for the Cardinals. Trey Burke had 24 points for Michigan, which was in the final for the first time since the Fab Five led the Wolverines there in 1993. Little-used freshman Spike Albrecht added 17 points.

Injured Louisville player Kevin Ware, left, hugs teammate Peyton Siva after the game.   (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Louisville coach Rick Pitino and Peyton Siva, right.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Louisville fans watch a broadcast of the game at Cluckers in Louisville, Ky.   (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
Louisville guard Russ Smith (2) and Michigan guard Caris LeVert (23) vie for a loose ball during the first half.   (Charlie Neibergall)
Louisville's Luke Hancock embraces Russ Smith after the win.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Louisville guard Russ Smith (2) shoots over Michigan guard Nik Stauskas (11) during the first half.   (Charlie Neibergall)
Louisville forward Chane Behanan looks pretty happy after the game.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Louisville forward Chane Behanan (21) shoots over Michigan forward Glenn Robinson III (1) during the second half.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Louisville's Kevin Ware walks out to the court on crutches before the game.   (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Michigan guard Trey Burke (3) reacts during the first half/   (David J. Phillip)
Louisville guard/forward Luke Hancock during the first half.   (Chris O'Meara)
Michigan forward Mitch McGary (4) comes down with the rebound.   (David J. Phillip)
Louisville head coach Rick Pitino reacts to play during the first half.   (David J. Phillip)
Michigan head coach John Beilein walks the court during the second half.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Michigan forward Glenn Robinson III (1) dunks the ball against Louisville guard/forward Wayne Blackshear (20) as Michigan guard Trey Burke (3) falls to the court.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Louisville forward Montrezl Harrell dunks against Michigan forward Glenn Robinson III.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
In this photo made with a fish-eye lens, Louisville fan Tara Pierce, 19, holds a photo of Louisville guard Kevin Ware.   (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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