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2013 National Title: Louisville Cardinals Need to Win Battle of the Backcourt

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In Monday night’s National Title game, the Louisville Cardinals and the Michigan Wolverines are going to battle it out. Many felt that this was the ideal game for Monday as far as our viewing pleasure goes. They may be right. Especially considering that both squads feature two dynamic backcourt players. It is those slew of guards, mind you, who maybe determine the outcome of the game.

Michigan features Tim Hardaway Jr. and Trey Burke. Burke’s exploits are well known by now. He has won just about every major individual award in college hoops and has had a very solid tournament (exception being the Final Four game). Hardaway Jr. is best described as a poor man’s version of his father. Not really for his style of play on the court, but for the ice water that seems to be flowing through his veins.

Louisville’s two stars are Peyton Siva and Russ Smith. Siva is clearly the Cardinals’ on the floor general, but has a propensity to complete disappear from games — especially on the offensive side of the ball. Smith, however, is just Russ-diculous. The volume-shooter can throw up points in bunches and is one of the most electric players in college hoops. He too, can make a coach want to rip their brain out of their head.

It is rare that two collegiate teams will throw out such a formidable backcourt. If forced to choose one over the other I’d have to go with Michigan’s, if only because of Burke’s ability when compared to the sometimes vanishing act done by the Cardinals’ duo.

However, if Siva and Smith bring the best versions of themselves, lookout. We can be in for a duel of buckets on Monday evening.


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