louisville defeated michigan 82-76 to win the 2013 ncaa championship game monday night. luke hancock came off the bench for the cardinals & scored 22 points. he hit four consecutive three-pointers to offset a 12-point lead for the wolverines with less than four minutes to go in the first half. hancock was named the tournament's most outstanding player - the first sub to ever win the award.
rick pitino becomes the first coach in ncaa history to win championships with two different teams. in 1996, he coached kentucky to a national title. louisville (35-5) emerged victorious the same day pitino was announced as one of the 2013 hall of fame members. two days prior, his horse won the santa anita & will run in the kentucky derby. a few days ago his son, richard, was named coach of the university of minnesota.
guard peyton siva finished with 18 points, six assists & four steals. forward chane behanan had 15 points & 12 rebounds. but their team & the nation was inspired by guard kevin ware. he suffered a grueling injury against wichita state in the final four, leaving him on crutches & unable to play for at least nine months. undaunted, ware put on a championship hat & cut a strand of the net when they lowered the basket. he said, "these are my brothers. they got the job done. i'm so proud of them. i'm so proud of them."
the university of connecticut won their record-setting eighth national title with a 93-60 victory over louisville. it was the most lopsided victory in ncaa women's championship history. huskies freshman breanna stewart scored 18 of her 23 points in a dazzling first half. she finished the tournament with 105 points & was named most outstanding player.
coach geno auriemma & connecticut (35-4) is now tied with pat summit & tennessee for the most titles in women's basketball history. said auriemma, "the fact that i tied pat summit's record puts you in the category of the greatest women's basketball coach that ever lived. i'm just thrilled for our seniors. this team accomplished an amazing feat this month."
with the huskies victory, the big east conference won a ninth national championship. the conference, which will split apart after this season, was the most dominant in women's basketball over the past decade. both teams vying for a title was a fitting end to its current configuration. neither team will be in the new big east next season as both will be in the american athletic conference. lousiville will play in the acc the year after.
- mark j. tuggle
- harlem, usa
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