Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - The Louisville Cardinals came into the NCAA Tournament as the top overall seed and vindicated themselves Monday by beating Michigan, 82-76, in an intense national championship game at the Georgia Dome.
Luke Hancock, after erupting for 20 points in Saturday's comeback win over Wichita State, scored 14 of his 22 points in a three-minute span late in the first half to help the Cardinals overcome another a 12-point deficit.
Hancock, part of a shorthanded bench due to the absence of Kevin Ware, also hit a dagger 3-pointer down the stretch and a couple clutch free throws to seal Louisville's third national title and first since 1986.
Peyton Siva scored 14 of his 18 points after the break while Chane Behanan contributed 15 points and 12 rebounds in a victory that closed out a memorable day for Rick Pitino.
Pitino, on the day his induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame became official, became the first coach to win national titles at two different schools, capturing his first title with Kentucky in 1996.
04/08 23:51:55 ET
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