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ATLANTA (AP) - The last note of “One Shining Moment” had yet to reach the people in the cheap seats at the Georgia Dome when college basketball started doing what it does so well _ looking ahead to next season.

Louisville’s 82-76 victory over Michigan on Monday night is going to go down as one of the best national championship games. Cardinals coach Rick Pitino won his second title, the other coming at hated in-state rival Kentucky in 1996, to cap an amazing day that started with him being elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

But enough reminiscing.

What’s 2013-14 going to bring?

Change will be the key word, with a bunch of schools moving from one conference to another. Louisville will be among those, going from the Big East, which the Cardinals won the last two seasons, to the American Athletic Conference for one season before heading to the Atlantic Coast Conference the season after that.

It’ll be a trick to keep track of it all.

And remember when all we worried about was which players were coming back?

Well we still will, especially with Louisville and Michigan having so many quality young players.

The Wolverines were the youngest team in the NCAA tournament field of 68, and Louisville had one senior (those are players who stay in school four years) in its rotation.

Within minutes of the gut-wrenching loss in Michigan’s first national championship game in 20 years, the questions started about returning to school or applying for early entry for the NBA draft.

“Right now I’ll be back,” said Michigan freshman forward Glenn Robinson III, whose father left Purdue a year early to start a long NBA career. “We’ll talk about that whenever I need to but you know this isn’t the time to talk about that right now. It’s about all these guys in the locker room that played their hearts out tonight.”

Sophomore guard Trey Burke, The Associated Press’ national player of the year, faced the same interest.

“Honestly I’m not thinking about it right now,” he said. “This game hurts so much, that’s something that I’ll just talk over with my coaching staff, my parents really over the next couple of weeks. I’ll make a decision from there.

“Thanks for being interested. It’s not on my mind right now really.”

Just because the Cardinals had pieces of net in their hats didn’t mean they would escape the question.

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