The Louisville Cardinals defeated the Michigan Wolverines 82-76 in Atlanta on Monday night to win their third national championship in program history. In a game full of amazing highlights, full effort from both teams, and unlikely heroes, this national championship turned out to be one of the most entertaining championships in recent memory. Michigan raced out to a 12 point lead in the first half led by unlikely bench player Spike Albrecht, who scored 17 points and shot 4-4 from three-point range after player of the year Trey Burke went to the bench with two fouls. However, Luke Hancock of the Cardinals answers with four threes of his own to cut the deficit to just one point at halftime. After a back and forth start to the second half, Louisville slowly began pulling away, although the game eventually came down to the final minutes before Louisville was assured of the win. Rick Pitino became the first coach in NCAA history to win a national championship with two different schools (1996 Kentucky) in the same week that he was inducted into the Hall of Fame. The number one overall seed also won the title for the second straight year which has never happened before. Michigan’s young team certainly had a great run, but the question of whether or not they will be back next year depends on who decides to leave for the NBA. In a season full of upsets and insanity, Louisville took on the challenge of being the favorite and capped off the final season of the Big East with the title. Now Cardinals fans will get to route for the underdog on Tuesday as Louisville takes on powerhouse UConn in the Women’s National Championship.