2013 National Championship Game: Five Reasons Why Michigan Will Beat Louisville
Five Reasons Why Michigan Will Beat Louisville
On Monday night, Michigan and Louisville will hit the hardwood and battle for college basketball supremacy.
40 minutes separate one of these two teams from NCAA Tournament glory, but while nobody has been able to step in front of the field's top overall seed in Louisville just yet -- there is still one more game to be played.
The Michigan Wolverines however, have the tools to complete this mission and cut down the nets on Monday night. If you look at their production and the way they have been able to advance through the bracket thus far, you have probably see some of the reasons as to why.
There are a number of intangibles that go into making a tournament run and Michigan has featured all of them during their quest to Monday's title game. From buzzer beating excitement to lights out shooting to physical toughness in the paint, the Wolverines have the tools to finish the job on Monday night.
Yet, what are the top reasons as to why Michigan can defeat Louisville on Monday night?
Let's dive into five of the most important factors that will help the Wolverines dictate the tempo, dictate the flow and ultimately dictate the scoreboard when that final buzzer sounds:
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2-0 vs. Big East Opponents
At this point in the tournament, this fact doesn't mean all that much, but when you're talking about the Big Ten vs. the Big East, it has to stand for something. Michigan is 2-0 vs. Big East opponents this season, including a Final Four victory over Syracuse.
Mitch McGary's Production
There aren't many people who saw this type of production coming from Mitch McGary. The freshman forward has simply been unstoppable and a double-double machine during Michigan's run to the Final Four. McGary's production on Monday night will once again be crucial.
Heading into their Final Four contest with Syracuse. Michigan faced a game plan that was quite obvious. The Wolverines needed to hit shots if they wanted to advance to the National Championship Game. Well, here they are and Michigan has a number of threats in the back court that can light in up. Their ability to knock down jumpers will once again be key on Monday night.
You talk about the production of Mitch McGary. You talk about the shooting ability of Nik Stauskas. But when making a run at a national championship, sometimes you need those "out of the box" moments. Spike Albrecht and Caris LeVert, both of whom are freshman, have provided that extra dimension to the Wolverines' roster.
Trey Burke won the AP Player of the Year Award. He won the Oscar Robertson Award. He won the John R. Wooden Award. He won the Bob Cousy Award. But can he win a national championship? Burke has had a tremendous sophomore season and the focal point of the Wolverines' potential is the biggest and most important factor in Michigan's case for a National Championship on Monday night.