Louisville beats Michigan for third national championship

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Atlanta, GA-Louisville got 18 points from Peyton Siva to beat Michigan, 82-76, on Monday in college basketball’s national championship game.

It is Louisville’s third national title. The Cardinals also won championships in 1980 and 1986.

It is the second national championship for Louisville coach Rick Pitino, who also won it all as Kentucky’s coach in 1996.

That makes him the first coach in NCAA history to win national titles at two different schools.

Michigan jumped out to an early 12-point lead behind hot-shooting backup guard Spike Albrecht, who scored 17 points in the first half. Albrecht, a freshman, was averaging just two points a game.

Louisville rallied late in the half behind Luke Hancock, who knocked down four three-pointers in the half, to pull the Cardinals to within one at the half.