The Louisville Cardinals, led by the sharp shooting of Luke Hancock, roared back from a double digit first half deficit, to beat the Michigan Wolverines, 82-76 on Monday night in Atlanta to win the 2012-13 NCAA
Cardinals' Head Coach Rick Pitino became the first Division One College Basketball Coach to win a national title with two different schools. His first title came with the Kentucky Wildcats in the 1995-96 season.
The title was the third overall for Louisville and the school's first championship since 1986. Hancock was named the Most Outstanding Player for the Final Four as he scored 22 points (including 5-for-5 from three point range) to lead the way. The Cardinals rode the emotion of losing Kevin Ware last week to a broken leg suffered in the Regional Final against Duke.
Michigan was led in scoring by Trey Burke with 24 points, despite sitting most of the first half with foul trouble. Spike Albrecht tallied 17 points in the losing effort and singlehandedly gave the Wolverines the big first half lead with Burke on the bench by drilling four three-point field goals.