March Madness: Louisville wins crazy National Championship Game

What a game.

The 2013 National Championship game was an exilerating one, and it was personally the best NCAA basketball game I’ve ever seen. Both teams played extremely hard, keeping the game close and exciting the whole time. Trey Burke, Spike Albrecht, and Luke Hancock put on spectacular performances during the game, proving why their teams were here at the Championship game.

Recap

Russ Smith drives for a shot attempt against Michigan. (Courtesy of ESPN)

Russ Smith drives for a shot attempt against Michigan. (Courtesy of ESPN)

Michigan got off to a strong start to the game behind Trey Burke’s impressive performance. But after he had two fouls early in the game, he was benched. Reserve player Spike Albrecht came into the game for him and extended the lead for Michigan, hitting 4 three pointers without missing in the first half.

Louisville did start to make a comeback at the end of the 1st however. Luke Hancock, a reserve player for Louisville, made 4 three pointers in the first half for Louisville without missing. He also drew two fouls through smart play and pump fakes behind the arc, which got Mitch McGary of Michigan into foul trouble. The half ended with Michigan leading by only one point, 38-37.

During the second half, Michigan extended their lead in the first few minutes, but Louisville didn’t panic. The team came together to getting great plays in, and took the lead and never gave it back to Michigan. Trey Burke and Mitch McGary, two key players for Michigan, were both in serious foul trouble with 4 fouls each, and the Michigan team began to break down.

Louisville rode the great play of Peyton Siva, Chase Behenan, and of course, Luke Hancock to get the win and become the Champions. Hancock was named Most Outstanding Player, and Coach Rick Patino got his second ring.

Interesting Stats/Side Notes

Louisville Players celebrate after winning the National Championship. (Courtesy of ESPN)

Louisville Players celebrate after winning the National Championship. (Courtesy of ESPN)

It was a great week for Rick Patino, being named to the Hall of Fame, and winning National Championship. He became the first coach to ever win two National Championships at two separate schools.

Luke Hancock was the first reserve player to be named Most Outstanding Player. He lead Louisville with 22 points.

Trey Burke lead Michigan with 24 points in only 26 minutes. That’s nearly one-third of the points scored by the Wolverines in the game.

It was a great way to end a great NCAA Tournament. We at Big Play Nation would like to congratulate Rick Patino and the Louisville Cardinals for their amazing achievements. We can’t wait until next season!

-Preston
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