By: Baylee VanKirk
The Louisville Cardinals defeated the Michigan Wolverines 82-76 on April 8 in Atlanta Georgia. Luke Hancock was named Most Outstanding Player of the tournament with 22 points and going 5-5 in three-point-land in 30 minutes of action. The only shot he missed was a mid-range jumper in the second half. He also shot 7-10 at the free throw line. For Michigan the National Player of the year, Trey Burke, scored 24 points in the game shooting 7-11 from the field and grabbing 4 rebounds and 3 assists.
This was a big day for the Louisville coach, Rick Pitino. He got inducted to the Hall of Fame; his son got the head coaching job at Minnesota University; and he won his second national title. (His first was with Kentucky in 1996) This is the third championship for the Louisville basketball program but the first since 1986. From the Michigan sidelines this was Coach John Belien’s first appearance in the National Championship in five years at his current job. This was Michigan’s first appearance, as a school, to reach the finals since the “Fab Five” in 1989.