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Final Four

  1. Spike Albrecht’s first half performance isn’t shocking to those that know him

    Apr 9, 2013, 2:58 PM EDT

    Michigan Wolverines' Albrecht reacts after a three point basket against the Louisville Cardinals during the first half of their NCAA men's Final Four championship basketball game in Atlanta

    Luke Hancock captivated the Final Four with his 3-point shooting and the heartwarming story he carried with him to at Atlanta. But for the first 2o minute of Monday night’s national championship game, it was all about Michael “Spike” Albrecht. He entered the game after player of the year Trey Burke was hit with his…

  2. Poor officiating puts a black-eye on a thrilling, memorable Final Four

    Apr 9, 2013, 2:03 PM EDT

    NCAA Final Four Michigan Louisville Basketball

    ATLANTA — This year’s Final Four was as good of a Final Four as you will ever see. All three games were thrilling, capped off by one of the most entertaining basketball games that I’ve watched in a long, long time. And frankly, it was a perfect way to end this season, one that reinvigorated…

  3. 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…

  4. One Shining Moment: 2013 NCAA Tournament edition

    Apr 9, 2013, 8:36 AM EDT

    Michigan v Louisville

    Another NCAA Tournament in the books. Another month full of last-second shots, upsets, historic runs and, eventually, the crowning of a national champion. This season, it’s the Louisville Cardinals. For your enjoyment, it’s this year’s version of the iconic “One Shining Moment” by Luther Vandross. As always, it’s full of the best moments of the…

  5. Title game loss shouldn’t cloud Trey Burke’s amazing college career

    Apr 9, 2013, 6:15 AM EDT


    ATLANTA — Trey Burke is leaving Atlanta with plenty of hardware. The uber-talented Michigan point guard won every Player of the Year award that you can win, receiving trophy after trophy, posing for photo-opp after photo-opp, going from press conference to press conference to talk about the season that he had over the last five…

  6. Luke Hancock, not Kevin Ware, was most touching story from Final Four

    Apr 9, 2013, 5:15 AM EDT

    Getty Images

    ATLANTA — With all due respect to Kevin Ware, he was not most heart-warming story from this Final Four. And don’t get me wrong here. What he went through — and the way that his Louisville teammates responded — was incredible. The horrific injury, the tears on the court, the message of inspiration from a…

  7. Rick Pitino caps ‘unbelievable week’ with a national title

    Apr 9, 2013, 3:50 AM EDT

    Michigan v Louisville

    ATLANTA — Think about where Rick Pitino was four years ago, as Karen Sypher dragged him through what was likely the most embarrassing scandal in the history of college athletics. Then think about where he was just two years later, as he lost his second straight opening round NCAA tournament game while watching arch-nemesis John…

  8. Highlight-reel dunks from Harrell and Hardaway Jr. shook Atlanta

    Apr 9, 2013, 12:45 AM EDT

    APTOPIX NCAA Final Four Michigan Louisville Basketball

    What. A. Game. What we witnessed on Monday night in the Georgia Dome may go down as one of the best, most entertaining National Championship games in the 75 year history of the NCAA Tournament. Louisville’s 82-76 victory over Michigan was not only the best game of the NCAA tournament, but also the best game…

  9. Kevin Ware cuts down the net with Louisville

    Apr 9, 2013, 12:29 AM EDT


    Kevin Ware was one of the Final Four’s main storylines all week. Turned out it that story had a happy ending. Ware, the Louisville guard who suffered a compound fracture while attempting a block during the Cardinals’ regional final win against Duke, was with his teammates in Atlanta for their NCAA tournament title game against…

  10. Crawford: Fab Five ‘the reason I went to Michigan’

    Apr 8, 2013, 5:45 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers' Jamal Crawford celebrates with teammate DeAndre Jordan after stealing the ball and dunking it with less than one minute in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in Los Angeles

    Clippers sixth man Jamal Crawford joins Dan Patrick to talk about the whereabouts of his college uniform, why he’s on board with a Fab Five reunion, and Crawford showcases his impressive memory by naming all 16 coaches he’s played under.

  11. Some NCAA tourney title-game tickets going for $1,000

    Apr 8, 2013, 1:35 PM EDT

    NCAA Men's Final Four - Previews

    ATLANTA — I spent the afternoon wandering around downtown Atlanta, buying overpriced knick-knacks and souvenirs to bring home, because it’s not a Final Four if you don’t purchase a pint glass and a t-shirt specifically for the memory of spending an unnecessary $50. While wandering, I got to asking about ticket prices on the street,…

  12. Previewing the National Title game: Louisville vs. Michigan

    Apr 8, 2013, 11:35 AM EDT

    Gorgui Dieng

    The last day of the college basketball season. Hard to believe it’s been five months already. And I couldn’t be more excited about the national title game. Key Player: Gorgui Dieng, Louisville Mitch McGary has played the best basketball of his career during this tournament. He’s averaging 16.0 points and 11.6 boards in these five…

  13. Wichita State’s Gregg Marshall addresses team following Saturday’s loss (VIDEO)

    Apr 7, 2013, 9:59 PM EDT

    Louisville v Wichita State

    The Wichita State Shockers went on quite a run over the last three weeks, winning four games to make the program’s first appearance in the Final Four since 1965. But the Shockers fell short on Saturday night, losing to top overall seed Louisville, 70-65. Following the game head coach Gregg Marshall addressed his team in…

  14. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect National Title game

    Apr 7, 2013, 9:16 PM EDT

    Louisville Cardinals head coach Pitino sits with Michigan Wolverines head coach Beilein ahead of the NCAA men's Final Four basketball championship in Atlanta

    ATLANTA — On Monday night at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Michigan will be taking on Louisville for the right to call themselves the 2013 national champions. All things considered, the way that the NCAA tournament and the Final Four has played out could not have been more perfect, because this national title game should…

  15. Antonita Slaughter, Bria Smith help push Louisville women past California

    Apr 7, 2013, 9:13 PM EDT

    NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament - Final Four - Semifinals

    One week after hitting 16 three-pointers in their upset victory over top overall seed Baylor, the Louisville Cardinals struggled from deep. As a team Jeff Walz’ Cardinals shot 8-of-21 from distance, with leading scorer Shoni Schimmel making just one of her eight attempts. But one day after Luke Hancock (20 points) got the job done…

  16. Michigan point guard Trey Burke wins Naismith Award

    Apr 7, 2013, 7:24 PM EDT

    Trey Burke helped lead Michigan to the '13 title game (Getty Images)

    In news that should surprise no one, Michigan sophomore point guard Trey Burke won yet another individual honor. The Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Sunday evening that Burke, who will lead Michigan against Louisville in Monday’s national title game, is the winner of the Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T. Burke was named winner of the AP,…

  17. Drury, Amherst win Division II and Division III titles in Atlanta

    Apr 7, 2013, 6:36 PM EDT

    David Hixon

    While the NCAA used the 75th Final Four stage to honor some of the top players and teams in the history of the event, the governing body did something else that had never been done. The NCAA scheduled both the Division II and Division III title games to be played at Phillips Arena on Sunday,…

  18. Michigan needs Trey Burke to break out of his shooting funk on Monday night

    Apr 7, 2013, 4:13 PM EDT

    Michigan v Syracuse

    ATLANTA — Trey Burke was phenomenal for a three minute stretch against Kansas in the Sweet 16. He scored eight points in the final minute and a half of regulation, including a 30 foot step-back three that tied the game and forced overtime. Then Burke hit the first two shots of the overtime period for…

  19. Why Russdiculousness is a good thing for Louisville

    Apr 7, 2013, 1:55 PM EDT

    Russ Smith

    ATLANTA — On Saturday night, we got a glimpse of Russ Smith in all his glory. His dizzyingly-talented, frustratingly inconsistent glory. He shot 6-17 from the floor. He was 5-12 from the free throw line, missing the first four free throws of the game and two of six in the final minute, which left the…

  20. Michigan’s defense, Michael Carter-Williams’ struggles doom Syracuse

    Apr 7, 2013, 3:38 AM EDT

    NCAA Final Four Michigan Syracuse Basketball

    ATLANTA — The knock on Michigan all season long was that this group didn’t have the defensive prowess to be able to play their way deep into the NCAA tournament. And it was a valid point; the Wolverines weren’t — and aren’t — a great defensive team. They may not even qualify as a good…

  21. Hold on to your hats, it’s Louisville vs. Michigan on Monday!

    Apr 7, 2013, 12:23 AM EDT

    Michigan v Syracuse

    No Cinderellas in the title game this year. It’s going to be all Big Time, all the way. Let’s recap: Rick Pitino is one of the most well-known college basketball coaches in the nation. He’s on his way into the hall of fame, his horse just punched its ticket to the Kentucky Derby, and his…

  22. Mitch McGary leads Michigan past Syracuse, into the title game

    Apr 6, 2013, 11:47 PM EDT

    Michigan v Syracuse

    ATLANTA — That vaunted Syracuse zone, the one that held Indiana and Marquette to a combined 89 points last weekend, did it’s job, at least on the perimeter. Michigan’s star point guard Trey Burke — that’s National Player of the Year Trey Burke to you — finished with seven points, shooting 1-8 from the floor.…

  23. VIDEO: Did Luke Hancock force a jump-ball with Ron Baker?

    Apr 6, 2013, 10:02 PM EDT

    Louisville v Wichita State

    ATLANTA — Luke Hancock made seemingly every big play down the stretch for the Cardinals. There were the two drives to the rim midway through the second half. There was the three to put Louisville up for the first time in the second half. There was the three that gave the Cardinals a five-point lead…

  24. Final Four Preview: No. 4 Syracuse vs. No. 4 Michigan

    Apr 6, 2013, 10:02 AM EDT

    Indiana v Syracuse

    This game needs to be a classic. We need it to be great. As a whole, the tournament has been kind of a bust this season. Florida Gulf Coast was fun while it lasted. Aaron Craft and LaQuinton Ross have hit some game-winners. Marquette played a couple exciting first weekend games. But the majority of…

  25. Final Four Preview: No. 1 Louisville vs. No. 9 Wichita State

    Apr 6, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Wichita State Shockers' Armstead and his teammate Hall hug as they walk off the court after defeating the La Salle Explorers in their West Regional NCAA men's basketball game in Los Angeles

    This is a tough situation for anybody to get put in. The Shockers, the nation’s darling and the Cinderella of the Final Four, not only get matched up with the best team left in the tournament, they have to play that game when Louisville is A) playing their best basketball of the season and B)…