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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Spike Albrecht
Michigan was without Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Mitch McGary on Saturday. Former stars Glen Rice and Terry Mills filled in just fine.
Minnesota could have spoiled Michigan's party Saturday night - if only they had held onto the ball.
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.
"That's not usually my game. I'm supposed to get back on defense when we miss a shot, but my instincts told me to go for it," Albrecht said. "I was able to get to the ball, and then J-Mo did a great job. I think he had three guys on him when he put that ball in."
"Coach (John) Beilein, he's a great coach," said Michigan freshman Spike Albrecht who had a 17-point first half against Louisville.