The Louisville Cardinals Take the NCAA Championship Title April 09, 2013 12:39
We took a break from the NBA action last night to take a look at the NCAA final between the Louisville Cardinals and the Michigan Wolverines.
After a serious disappointment in the Final Fours last year, the Cardinals rallied from a 12 point deficit to beat the Wolverines, 82-76.
Last March, Rick Pitino's team came crashing out of the Final Four, when they were beaten by the superior Kentucky team that went on to win the NCAA championship, and provide a host of talented Rookies for the NBA, including the 1st pick, Anthony Davis.
This year, Pitino, and Louisville, finally has something to celebrate. This is the school's third national championship, and it's first since 1986. Luke Hancock came off the bench to put away 22 points, Peyton Siva added 18 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals, and Chane Behanan put up 15 points, to go along with 12 rebounds.
Of his team, Pinito said; ''This team is one of the most together, toughest and hard-nosed teams. Being down never bothers us. They just come back.''
The Cardinals had made the news earlier in the tournament, when guard Kevin Ware broke his leg, in what was one of the most horrendous accidents I've ever seen on a basketball court.
Ware came out on crutches for the game and sat at the end of the bench. His team mates all wore Ware's number 5 on the back of their warmup jerseys, and the front said "Ri5e to the Occasion."
When the Cardinals took the victory, the baskets were lowered so that Ware could cut down the nets. Ware said; ''These are my brothers. They got the job done. I'm so proud of them, so proud of them."