ATLANTA, GA (WTVB) - Michigan came up short last night, losing to Louisville 82-to-76 in the NCAA Men’s Tournament title game in Atlanta. The Wolverines had a 12-point lead late in the first half but Louisville rallied and trailed just 38-to-37 at the break.
The top-seeded Cardinals were relentless in the second half and Michigan would never lead again after Louisville went ahead 47-46 with about 15 minutes left in the game. The Wolverines kept it close but the Cardinals always had an answer to stay in front and held steady for their third national title. Michigan sophomore Trey Burke, the National Player of the Year, had a game-high 24 points, while freshman Spike Albrecht had 17 points, all in the first half when Burke played only six minutes after picking up two fouls. Leading Louisville was Luke Hancock, who came off the bench to score 22 points, including 4 straight three pointers that wiped out the Wolverine’s dozen point first half advantage. Hancock was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four. The Wolverines, who won their only national title in 1989, closed out their season with a 31-and-8 record. The Cardinals will look to claim their second championship in as many days when the Louisville women face off with Connecticut tonight in the title game of the women's NCAA Tournament.