Basketball
The Road To The NCAA Championship
By Luis Cuevas
Apr 7, 2013 - 11:20:56 PM

ATLANTA, GA—On Sunday, April 7, the Louisville Cardinals and the University of Michigan Wolverines square off in the NCAA championship game.

 

The road to the championship for the Louisville Cardinals has been emotional and tough. The Cardinals started their impressive run against No. 16 N.C. State winning 79-48. Next they went up against No. 8 Colorado State winning 82-56. In the Sweet Sixteen, they went up against No. 12 Oregon winning 77-69.

 

In The Elite Eight, Louisville went up against a big hurdle in No. 2 Duke, a game the Cardinals won 85-63. During the game, they suffered the loss of Kevin Ware to a fractured leg. The Cardinals next went up against No. 9 seed Wichita State winning 72-68 in the Final Four. The Cardinals are led by Russ Smith who averages 18 points per game.

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The Michigan Wolverines

 

The Wolverines started the tournament against No. 13 North Dakota St. winning 71-56. Next, they went up against No. 5 seed VCU and won 78-53. Their toughest game in the tournament was against No. 1 seed Kansas, which they won 87-85.

 

In the Elite Eight, the Wolverines beat the Gators 79-59. In the Final Four, they beat No. 4 Syracuse 61-56. Michigan is led by Trey Burke who averages 19 points per game and recently won the National Player of the Year Award.  

 

Rick Pitino coaches the Louisville Cardinals who have won two NCAA championships, one in 1980 and 1986. John Beilein coaches the Wolverines who have won one championship in 1989. The teams meet on Monday, April 8 for the national championship game on to broadcast on CBS at 9:23 p.m.



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