Louisville beats Michigan to win its first NCAA title since 1986
|04.08.13 at 11:59 pm ET|
The Louisville men’s basketball team claimed its third national championship, beating Michigan, 82-76, Monday night in the NCAA title game in Atlanta.
Rick Pitino‘s team came back from a one-point deficit at the half to outscore the Wolverines 45-38 in the final 20 minutes. It was the second national title for Pitino, who was named as part of the Basketball Hall of Fame’s class of 2013 earlier in the day, and the first championship for Louisville since 1986.
Luke Hancock led the way for the Cardinals, netting 22 points, going 5-for-5 on 3-pointers. Peyton Siva (18 points) and Chane Behanan (15) also contributed for the tournament’s No. 1 seed. The performances helped Pitino’s club overcome a poor outing from guard Russ Smith, who made just three of his 16 shots from the floor.
Michigan got an outstanding performance from All-America guard Trey Burke, who scored 24 points while going 7-for-11 from the field. Spike Albrecht help key the early momentum for the Wolverines, making four 3-pointers before intermission.
Louisville trailed by as many as 12 points late in the first half.