Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Louisville's victory by the numbers
By ESPN Stats & Information
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Louisville's ability to finish at the rim made a big difference at game's end.
Perfection was the story for a Louisville team that lived up to its No. 1 overall seeding in the NCAA tournament.
The Cardinals won their third national title (against no defeats), keyed by a perfect shooting performance from long range by an unlikely source.
Let’s run through some of the statistical highlights of the Cardinals' first NCAA tournament championship since 1986.
Louisville ended the season on a 16-game winning streak. The Cardinals became the eighth school to win at least three national championships and the third overall No. 1 seed to win a national championship.
The Cardinals went 27 years between title victories, the second-longest drought by a team that has won multiple championships (Kansas went 36 seasons).
Rick Pitino became the first coach to win a Division I title with two schools (he won with Kentucky in 1996). This was Pitino’s 664th career win, tying legendary coach John Wooden for 25th all time.
Key to the game: Points in the paint
Louisville attempted 23 of its 35 second-half field goals in the paint, making 11 of those shots.
Peyton Siva and Chane Behanan combined to score 24 of Louisville’s 34 paint points, 18 of which came in the second half.
Siva’s 12 points in the paint were his second-most in any game in the last four NCAA tournaments (scored 14 in 2012 versus Davidson).
Also key: Louisville held Michigan to two second-chance points in the second half Monday after allowing 13 to the Wolverines in the first half.
Final Four Most Outstanding Player Luke Hancock finished with 22 points and was 5-for-5 from 3-point range.
That’s the most makes without a miss on 3-pointers in a Division I title game. The previous mark of three was shared by Taurean Green (2007 Florida) and Wayne Ellington (2009 North Carolina), each of whom won a national title that year.
Siva a difference-maker
Siva starred for Louisville, particularly in the second half.
His box score line put him in impressive championship company.
Siva finished with 18 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals, the first player to hit all of those benchmarks in a national championship game since steals became an official stat in 1986.
He's the first player with an 18-6-5 combo in a title game since Derrick Rose in 2008.
Burke, Michigan elite in defeat
Trey Burke became the third Wooden Award winner to lose in the national championship game. The other two players were Larry Bird and Elton Brand.
Michigan shot 52.1 percent from the field, the highest field goal percentage by a losing team in the national championship since Georgetown in 1985 (54.7 percent).
Early on, that was keyed by Spike Albrecht, who scored a career-high 17 points and went 4-for-5 from 3-point range. Albrecht went 9-for-10 from 3-point range in the tournament, just shy of matching Sam Cassell’s mark for most 3-pointers in a tournament without a miss (nine for Florida State in 1993).
Michigan fell to 1-5 all-time in national title games. The Wolverines' .167 winning percentage is the worst of any team with at least five championship game appearances. The five losses are third-most all time.
Luke Hancock's hot shooting night won him Most Outstanding Player honors.