Louisville outlasts Michigan 82-76 in national championship game

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Cool Hand Luke didn’t blink when the stage got brightest.

Louisville senior Luke Hancock scored 22 points and made 5-5 shots from three-point range to lead the Cardinals to an 82-76 victory over Michigan in the 2013 NCAA championship game.

The Cardinals lead by three with 5:09 remaining, but the on-ball defense and penetration of senior guard Peyton Siva allowed Louisville to hold the Wolverines off down the stretch

Michigan sophomore Trey Burke scored 24 points to lead the Wolverines, but was limited to 26 minutes due to foul trouble.

Louisville forced 12 turnovers and out-rebounded the Wolverines by five.

It was the school’s third national championship and first since 1986.

Head coach Rick Pitino became the first coach to lead two different schools to national championships following his two earlier titles at Kentucky.