No. 1-seeded Louisville got the win against No. 4-seeded Michigan 82-76 in the Championship Game of the NCAA Tournament on Monday, Apr. 8. The Cardinals were led by Peyton Siva, who got 18 points and six rebounds (5 Ast 4 Stl). Gorgui Dieng also had an outstanding outing, scoring eight points and adding eight rebounds (6 Ast 3 Blk). Michigan closes out its impressive season with a 31-8 overall record. The Wolverines got to the NCAA Tournament as an at-large team after falling to Wisconsin 68-59 in the Big Ten Tournament. In the regular season, they finished fourth in the Big Ten with a 12-6 conference record. In making the national championship game, Michigan knocked off No. 13-seeded South Dakota State 71-56 in the second round and No. 5-seeded Virginia Commonwealth 78-53 in the third round. Following that, the Wolverines got through No. 1-seeded Kansas 87-85 in the Sweet Sixteen, No. 3-seeded Florida 79-59 in the Elite Eight, and No. 4-seeded Syracuse 61-56 in the Final Four. For the Wolverines, Trey Burke got a game-high 24 points and four rebounds. Michigan (31-8) finished the regular season fourth in the Big Ten with a 12-6 record. Through their amazing run, Louisville got through No. 16-seeded North Carolina A&T 79-48 in the second round and No. 8-seeded Colorado State 82-56 in the third round. Following that, the Cardinals got through No. 12-seeded Oregon 77-69 in the Sweet Sixteen, No. 2-seeded Duke 85-63 in the Elite Eight, and No. 9-seeded Wichita State 72-68 in the Final Four.
Louisville Game Notes
- The win over Michigan extended the Louisville winning streak to 16 games.
- Lville beat the spread by two points. That makes the 24th time this season the Cardinals have beaten the spread.
- Prior to this game, Lville played 59 Top 25 opponents in the last five seasons with a record of 36-23.
- Louisville has won every game this season (17-0) when its field goal percentage has been 45.9 percent or better.
- The Cardinals have won every game this season (9-0) after recording eight or more three-pointers.
- Louisville has won 91 percent of the time this season (10-1) after committing nine or fewer turnovers.
- Lville has won every game this season (6-0) when opponents record 27 or fewer rebounds.
- This season Louisville has won 83 percent of the time (5-1) when Chane Behanan has 15 points or more, 87 percent of the time (13-2) when Russ Smith plays 32 minutes or more, and 83 percent of the time (15-3) when Gorgui Dieng has four field goals made or more.
- The Cardinals have recorded more blocks than their opponents for the past four games.
- This is the sixth win of the season where the Cardinals came back after being down at halftime.
- The top two scorers (Luke Hancock and Peyton Siva) accounted for 48.7 percent of the points.
- Chane Behanan accounted for 37.5 percent of the team's rebounds.
- Chane Behanan has led the team in rebounding in 12 out of 40 games this season.
- This marks the third 20-point game of Luke Hancock's career.
- Luke Hancock has three straight double-digit point games.
- Luke Hancock had career highs with 22 points, five three-pointers, and a 100 percent three-point percentage.
- Chane Behanan recorded the 15th double-digit rebound game of his career.
- Chane Behanan recorded a double-double. It was his fourth this season and 11th of his career.
Michigan Game Notes
- Trey Burke accounted for 31.5 percent of the team's points.
- The top two rebounders (Mitch McGary and Tim Hardaway Jr) accounted for 40.7 percent of the rebounds.
- Trey Burke has led the team in scoring 23 times in 39 games this season.
- Mitch McGary has led the team in rebounding 17 times in 39 games this season.
- This marks the 20th 20-point game of Trey Burke's career.