New NCAA Champs: Louisville

Cardinals take down Michigan
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 8, 2013 10:46 PM CDT
New NCAA Champs: Louisville
Injured Louisville player Kevin Ware, left, hugs teammate Peyton Siva after the game.   (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

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. (More college basketball stories.)

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