Analysis Of The 2013 NCAA Mens’ Basketball Tournament

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The Michigan Wolverines and Louisville Cardinals put on a show in the men’s basketball national championship game. It was a game that saw a lot of clutch shots, great defense and two teams that knew that they had to leave it all on the line. Let’s look at how the game unfolded.

First Half Overview

The first half saw Michigan run out to an early 12 point lead. However, Louisville stormed back to briefly take the lead. At halftime, Michigan had a 38-37 lead that they were lucky to have.

Michigan Key Players:

Michigan got a major boost from Spike Albrecht and his 17 points. Not known for being a consistent score, he made all four three point shots that he attempted. Trey Burke had seven points for the Wolverines despite sitting for more than 10 minutes due to foul trouble.

Louisville Key Players:

Luke Hancock was also 4-4 from three point range. His 16 points were equally important in keeping Louisville close until the rest of the team was able to wake up. Gorgui Dieng was a beast on the boards finishing with four rebounds in the first half to go with five assists.

Most Important Play:

After a Luke Hancock three point shot, Louisville forces a quick turnover that leads to a slam dunk for the Cardinals at the other end. That capped a run that saw Louisville take the lead 37-36.

Second Half Overview

Despite playing a clean game, Michigan is unable to keep the Cardinals down. Luke Hancock scored five huge points at the end of the second half to help knock Michigan out when they were down. Although he played an outstanding second half, Trey Burke was not able to will his team back even though he made a miraculous three point shot late in the half.

Michigan Key Players:

Trey Burke played a great second half when he scored 15 points. He made a couple of long three point shots to keep his team in the game until the bitter end. However, 22 points were about seven points short of what he needed to ensure that the Wolverines won the game.

Louisville Key Players:

Luke Hancock hit a three pointer with about six minutes left in the game that extended the Louisville lead at the time to 10 points. Chane Behanan scored the majority of his 15 points in the second half while Peyton Siva also used a huge second half to finish with 18 points. He was also clutch at the line throughout the game. He finished a perfect 6-6 shooting free throws.

Most Important Play In The Second Half:

Luke Hancock knocked down a clutch three pointer to put Louisville up by 10 points with about six minutes left in the second half. It took the wind out of the Michigan sails as they were not able to get any closer than four points the rest of the game.

This was one of the best games played in college basketball all season. It was a fitting way to end what was a great season. Louisville proved that the selection committee was right when they named the Cardinals the top overall seed in the tournament. Most importantly, it gives the Big East the exit that it desperately needed. Although the conference will still exist after this season, fans will never consider the new version of the Big East to be the same as the old one. Overall, it was the perfect way for the Cardinals and the conference to part ways.