Michigan and Louisville will go head to head to decide the 2013 NCAA tournament's championship game at the Georgia Dome on Monday, April 8.
Both teams won thrilling victories in the Final Four to reach this final battle, and they have gotten this far utilizing completely different tactics.
Michigan features a dynamic offense, led by AP Player of the Year and sophomore point guard Trey Burke. Louisville, on the other hand, features one of the nation's top defenses, led by guards Russ Smith and Peyton Siva.
This classic offense vs. defense clash will be an exciting finale to what's been a phenomenal tournament.
Here are the details you need to know heading into Monday's championship game.
When: Monday, April 8 at 9:23 p.m. ET
Where: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA
Odds: Louisville (-4) over Michigan, per VegasInsider.com
Louisville opened up as 3.5-point favorites, and Vegas has since moved the Cardinals to four-point favorites.
Rick Pitino's squad has been relentless on the defensive side of the floor all year long, forcing 10.8 steals per contest—the No. 2-ranked team in the nation in this category. It has also overcome the emotional roller coaster that was Kevin Ware's horrific broken leg in the Elite Eight against Duke.
Michigan has been able to overcome dominant defenses leading up to this championship game having defeated both Florida and Syracuse—the No. 2 and No. 21 scoring defenses in the nation this season.
The key player for Louisville is Russ Smith. If he can cut down on his poor shot selection and concentrate on playing lock-down defense, the Cardinals have a fantastic chance to win the game. Should he have a shooting performance like he did against Wichita State, Louisville will likely lose.
Trey Burke runs the show for Michigan, but the key player for the Wolverines is freshman forward Mitch McGary.
This young man has been a lightning rod for Michigan throughout the tournament. He has the ability to post up down low and run the team's offense through the high post, and if he continues to play well, Michigan has a chance to pull off the upset.
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