Mon April 8, 2013
The Louisville Cardinals have won the school's third NCAA men's basketball title and their first in 27 years, defeating Michigan 82-76 tonight at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
Luke Hancock made four straight three-pointers in the first half, and Peyton Siva and Chane Behanan had monster second halves to lead the top-seeded Cardinals (35-5) to their first national title since 1986.
Hancock finished with 22 points, including a perfect 5 for 5 from 3-point range. Siva had 14 of his 18 points in the second half, and Chane Behanan had 11 of his 12 rebounds in the second half. Behanan also chipped in 15 points.
Hancock was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four.
It was the second national title for Cards' coach Rick Pitino, who led Kentucky to the championship in 1996. Pitino is the only college coach to win a championship at two different schools.
Earlier today, it was announced that Pitino will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Following the win, thousands of fans spilled into the streets on the U of L campus and other parts of the city to celebrate the team's national title.
WFPL's Joseph Lord and Gabe Bullard will have updates on local fan reaction to the Cards' victory.
Tuesday night in New Orleans, the U of L women's team will take on Connecticut in the NCAA title game. U of L is trying to become just the second school to win men's and women's basketball titles in the same season. Connecticut was the first to do it in 2004.