The Entire NCAA Must be Proud of the Final Four
The men’s championship game between Louisville and Michigan resulted in some of the most outstanding basketball I have ever seen. For most of the first half, Michigan dominated on defense, offense, and in rebounding.
Trey Burke, the consensus best player in the nation scored Michigan’s first seven points. He committed two fouls and was sent to the bench. Enter Spike Albrecht, who had averaged 1.8 points per game in the regular season. In the tournament, he had not missed a single shot. The diminutive 5 foot 11 inch freshman guard continued to be unable to find a way to miss.
With just over 8 minutes left in the first half, Albrecht had 12 points. He would end the half with 17 points as Michigan led 38-37. Luke Hancock hit four 3 pointers and brought his team back and he did in the semis.
Trey Burke came back in the second half to play the game the way the “Naismith” trophy winner should have. His shooting and passing were extraordinaire, and he displayed the talent and desire for which he had been awarded several honors.
The second half was dominated in the early stages by Louisville’s Chane Behanan whose strength and determination dominated the Wolverines inside.
When 6 foot 10 inch Mitch McGary fouled Hancock on an attempted 3 pointer, he showed a freshman’s inexperience and lack of judgement.
With just over five minutes left in the game, Burke made an obvious block of a layup by Louisville’s Siva, but was wrongly called for a foul. This may have been the game changer.
With three minutes left, Hancock put the Cardinals up by ten points. Louisville was now dominant on the boards and was in control of the outcome. The final was 82-76. Louisville won its third National Championship.
For Michigan, Burke had 24 points, Albrecht 17, with Robinson and Hardaway Jr. adding 12 each.
For the Cardinals, Hancock had 22, Peyton Siva 18, and Chane Behanan 15.
Louisville, who had the best defense in the Final Four stepped forward in the second half to subdue the superior Wolverine’s scoring attack. They controlled the boards and forced Michigan into taking low-percentage shots.
The experience and maturity of the Cardinals gave them victory. But the Wolverines have nothing to be ashamed of. Tonight’s game will be remembered as one of the finest ever played.
Columnist-The Guardian Express
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