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Louisville fights back to win NCAA Championship, tops Michigan 82-76


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Louisville forward Chane Behanan (21) celebrates after defeating Michigan 82-76 in the NCAA Final Four championship game, April 8, in Atlanta, Ga.

By Rob Dauster, CollegeBasketballTalk on NBCSports.com

It started out as a sideshow, the kind of performance that you should always expect to see in a national title game simply because it’s so unexpected.

Michigan’s Spike Albrecht, the 5-foot-11 back-up point guard who looks more like a manager than a baller and scored 24 points during the Big Ten season, lit up the Cardinals with 17 points in the first half. Michigan took a 33-21 lead despite having to play with National Player of the Year Trey Burke glued to the bench with two fouls. Luke Hancock answered with four three-pointers in the span of two minutes and erased the Louisville deficit in the amount of time it takes microwave a bag of popcorn.

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Michigan guard Trey Burke walks off the court after the Louisville Cardinals won the NCAA men's basketball championship game.

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Michigan guard Trey Burke shoots over Louisville center Gorgui Dieng during Monday's NCAA title game.

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Injured Louisville Cardinals guard Kevin Ware cuts down the net after the Cardinals defeated the Michigan Wolverines at Monday's NCAA title game in Atlanta.