Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Cardinals Rule NCAA Pitino Becomes First Coach to Win Two Titles at Two Different Schools Louisville 82, Michigan 76

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Cardinals Rule NCAA Pitino Becomes First Coach to Win Two Titles at Two Different Schools Louisville 82, Michigan 76

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ATLANTA -- Luke Hancock made all five of his 3-pointers and led Louisville to its first NCAA men's basketball championship since 1986 with a 82-76 victory against Michigan Monday night at Georgia Dome.

Coach Rick Pitino added this title to the one he won at Kentucky in 1996 and is the first coach to win a championship at two schools. Earlier in the day, Pitino was elected to the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame.

Hancock scored 22 points and Peyton Siva had 18 for the Cardinals (35-5), who trailed by 12 late in the first half.

Trey Burke had 24 points for Michigan (31-8), which was in the final for the first time since the Fab Five led the Wolverines there in 1993. Little-used freshman Spike Albrecht added 17 points.

Chane Behanan scored nine quick points early in the second half to help Louisville take a 58-54 lead with 10 minutes left.

Behanan had 13 points for the game and Hancock was 4 for 4 from 3- point range up until that point to pace the Cardinals.

Michigan freshman Spike Albrecht came in for player of the tear Burke and made his first four 3-point attempts for the Wolverines. Albrecht finally missed with a little more than 11 minutes left but was still 9 for 10 from long range for the tournament.

Burke, in early foul trouble, had seven second-half points. He was also perfect (3 for 3) from 3-point range.

Hancock made four of his 3-pointers to start a 14-1 run for Louisville that briefly gave the Cardinals a one-point lead late in the first half after they trailed by 12. Michigan's Glenn Robinson III made two free throws with two seconds left to give the Wolverines the lead at the half, but Louisville led by as many as five early in the second.

The Cardinals won seven games this season after trailing by 10 or more, including in their national semifinal victory Saturday against Wichita State after also falling behind by 12.

It was shaping up as a scintillating final act of a season that has been more of a grind.

The 131.2-points-per-game average in March Madness was at it lowest since the 3-point line was brought to the game in 1987, though the teams were on pace to easily surpass that after the first half. …

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