Michigan Basketball lost to Louisville in the National Championship game on Monday night by a final score of 82-76. It was a bitter end to a fantastic season for the Wolverines.
How the game was lost
Powered by 17 points from Spike Albrecht, Michigan opened up a 12 point lead in the first half with three minutes left to play. Louisville countered with a 14-3 run that was keyed by four Luke Hancock triples. At the end of a fabulous first half Michigan held a 38-37 lead.
Michigan went on an 8-2 run to open the second half. Then Louisville took control and they were able to maintain a 4-5 point lead for most of the half. They stretched it out to their largest lead, 10 points, with 3:16 to play. Michigan kept fighting and had closed the gap to 78-74 with 50 seconds left. Peyton Siva missed a shot. Caris LeVert pulled down the rebound, but his momentum carried him just out of bounds. So instead of Michigan with the ball and a chance to close the lead to two or one point, the Cardinals maintained possession and two Luke Hancock free throws later they extended their lead to 80-74.
Michigan shot 52% from the field, compared to 46% for the Cardinals. In the end Louisville, led by the tournaments Most Outstanding Player – Luke Hancock, was able to capture the National Championship.
1. Trey Burke was limited to 6 first half minutes because he picked up two quick fouls. He played all 20 minutes in the second half and finished with a game-high 24 points. He also had 4 rebounds and 3 assists.
2. Spike Albrecht was sensational in the first half with 17 points and 4-4 shooting from beyond the arc. He would not score in the second half, but it was his first half heroics that ignited the Wolverines early.
3. Glenn Robinson III finished with 12 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and was 6-8 from the free throw line.
News and notes
Michigan scored 13 second-chance points in the first half, more than it has scored in 30 games this season.
Louisville had 9 steals in the game and won the turnover battle 9-12.
We now wait to find out which of Michigan’s players will jump early to the NBA. On the watch list are Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr, Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary.
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