Louisville Cardinals Win 2013 NCAA Basketball National Championship
Louisville defeated Michigan 82–76 in the championship game.
The win gave Louisville its first championship since 1986, and third overall. It became the eighth school to win at least three championships. Head coach Rick Pitino became the first coach to win an NCAA championship with two different schools. Michigan fell to 1–4 all time in championship games (including two losses vacated because of sanctions against the university).
Michigan's Trey Burke scored seven quick points to get Michigan out to a 7–3 lead, but also picked up two quick fouls and sat during much of the first half. With Burke on the bench, Michigan got a spark from freshman Spike Albrecht, a minor role player during the regular season. Albrecht hit four straight 3-pointers en route to a 17-point first half performance, easily surpassing his previous single game best of 7. Louisville trailed Michigan 35–23 late in the first half, before going on a run fueled by four straight three-pointers by Luke Hancock. At halftime, Michigan led 38–37.
The second half featured several lead changes before Louisville pushed the margin to 10 on a three-pointer by Hancock with 3:20 remaining in the game. Michigan fought back, closing the gap to four points in the last minute, but ran out of time in its comeback effort.
Hancock hit all five three-point shots he attempted in the game and led Louisville with 22 points, while teammate Peyton Siva scored 18 and had a game high 4 steals. Chane Behanan pulled down 12 rebounds to go with 15 points. Burke led Michigan with 24 points. Russ Smith, Louisville's leading scorer, struggled in the game, shooting 3-for-16. Hancock was named as the game's most outstanding player.