2013 NCAA Basketball Championship: Louisville Cardinals' Road to the Top

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2013 NCAA Basketball Championship: Louisville Cardinals' Road to the Top
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Louisville and Michigan treated sports fans across the country to one of the most enjoyable NCAA title games in recent memory.

The intensity and quality of play was high from the tip. The best players had performances worthy of the moment, and there were unlikely heroes who stepped up on the sport’s biggest stage.

Ultimately, Louisville was too much, as the Cardinals topped the Wolverines, 82-76, in Atlanta. The win gave Louisville its first national title since 1986, and Rick Pitino became the first coach in the history of college basketball to win a national title at two different schools.

The Cardinals ended the season on a 16-game winning streak. However, it was not that easy throughout the year; there were definitely some ups and downs along the way.

Here is a look back at Louisville’s road to the top.

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