The University of Louisville are champions again! The top-seeded Cardinals defeated Michigan 82-76 to win the program's third NCAA Championship.
The Cardinals offense struggled out of the gate and the defense seemed to watch as little used Michigan freshman guard Spike Albrecht torched the nets, connecting on four consecutive three-pointers. Michigan held a 12-point, 35-23, with 3:24 remaining in the first half until the first Louisville run occurred.
Louisville junior Luke Hancock matched Albrecht's hot-shooting, connecting on four straight of his own beyond the arc to fuel a 14-1 run, which gave the Cardinals a brief one-point lead just before the break.
The Wolverines and Cardinals battled throughout the second half, with Louisville grabbing it's largest lead of the game at 73-65 with less than four minutes remaining. Moments later, Hancock's fifth three-pointer of the game pushed the lead to 10.
Hancock finished with a team-high 22 points.
Cardinal sophomore forward Chane Behanan had his most impressive outing of the tournament, recording a double-double, with 15 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.
With Russ Smith struggling from the floor, hitting just 3 of 16 shots, senior Peyton Siva hit a number of clutch shots during the second half. The Cardinals point guard scored 18 points, had 6 rebounds, handed out 4 assists and had 5 steals.
Gorgui Dieng filled the stat sheet across the board. The Cardinals center had 8 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 blocks.
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