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Louisville-Michigan classic gave NCAA tournament the game it needed

Apr 9, 2013, 11:20 AM EDT

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Louisville’s 82-76 win against Michigan on Monday shot into one of March Madness’ legendary games thanks to the hot hands of Luke Hancock and Spike Albrecht, amazing dunks and incredible pace. Add it all up and it allowed the NCAA tournament to end on a note that will leave a memorable impression on fans’ minds — not a small thing when it comes to a tournament that didn’t have many memorable games until Monday.

At least, that’s what Dan Patrick says.

  1. 2dmo4 - Apr 9, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    You left out the terrible officiating calls going against both sides. These guys shouldn’t be reffing high school games.

  2. joneildu - Apr 9, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Refs let the kids play for the most part. People complained about too much ref intervention in the final four. I don’t know what people want. Let them play or call it tight? Last night reminded me of a Big East game, which makes sense, it was mostly a Big East crew. Everyone praised the pace and tempo and threw the refs under the bus. There were bad calls (trey Burke fouls, Behanan getting mauled in the paint, kick balls, etc), but the kids dictated that game. I thought Jay Bilas had the best analysis of the officiating. It wasn’t great, but the kids played above it, as a result, we got one of the more exciting games since Memphis and KU.

    • midnightmaurader - Apr 9, 2013 at 1:57 PM

      Refs were awful. Only place they improved was on the block/charge calls. It was as if they were under strict orders to not call a single charge. It seemed Behanen was getting mugged without a whistle as an overreaction to the quick jumpball call against Wichita State. Michigan’s guards and cutters were getting mugged. Hancock should have been in foul trouble in the second half when they gave his foul to another player, but of course that was after he did his damage already. In general, when the refs let teams play it favors the more veteran, physical team, and Louisville did take advantage. That would seem like an ideal situation for McGary, but he picked up that cheap 4th foul. In the end, the better team won because they dominated the paint in the second half. Michigan won inside in the first half and they were ahead.

  3. j0esixpack - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Lots of interesting trivia and history generated in this game.

    For example, not only is Rick Pitino the first coach to lead two different teams to NCAA Championships, this is also the second time he’s recovered from an exposed bone!

  4. giantssb42champs - Apr 9, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    You left out the terrible officiating calls going against both sides. These guys shouldn’t be reffing high school games.
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    Dude what’s with the same post over and over again. We get it – you’re a pissed off Michigan fan. Now go away and sulk to yourself.

    • johnelwayishorsefaced - Apr 9, 2013 at 2:05 PM

      You must have skipped the part of his 2 sentence post where he said the refs were terrible BOTH WAYS. He’s absolutely correct too.

  5. packhawk04 - Apr 9, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Refs were bad both ways. No team got an advantage from it. Better team won, and congrats to them.

  6. dolphins4 - Apr 9, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    At least Michigan made it to the championship game instead of that goofy Crean and Indiana.

  7. norcalsportsknowledge - Apr 9, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    I wasn’t rooting for any team in the final four and I believe the refereeing was so bad in the entire tournament that there needs to be an investigation. There’s no way they are that incompetent, some have to be on the take.

  8. barkleyblows - Apr 9, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    Love watching Walmart Wolverine fans cry and Walmart sports choke again in a big game!! Losers!!!

  9. prov1x - Apr 9, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    And Behanan was never fouled under the basket. Never touched, just slipped and fell five or six times with Michigan players next to him. Geez.

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