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Topic - Spike Albrecht
With a national championship slipping away in the final minutes, Trey Burke raced back on defense and gave Michigan fans one more spectacular play to remember.
With injured teammate Kevin Ware cheering them on from the bench, the Cardinals capped their run through the NCAA tournament, coming back again from a 12-point deficit to beat Michigan 82-76 in the championship game Monday night.
What a week for Rick Pitino! He's elected to the Hall of Fame. His horse is headed to the Kentucky Derby. His son gets a prominent head coaching job. Then he caps it off with what he wanted most. Another national championship.
Attacking Syracuse's suffocating zone defense in the first half with 3-pointers, crisp passing and a fearless attitude, the Wolverines advanced to the national championship game with a 61-56 victory over the Orange in the Final Four on Saturday night.
"Coach (John) Beilein, he's a great coach," said Michigan freshman Spike Albrecht who had a 17-point first half against Louisville.
Burke scored 24 points in what may have been his final college game, and backup Spike Albrecht added 17 in the first half Monday night, but Michigan couldn't hold off the Cardinals, who wore the Wolverines down in the second half and took the national championship with an 82-76 victory.