Louisville Cardinals Rick Pitino has won a national championship before, so he knows how great it feels to hold up the hardware at the end of the season, however, Michigan Wolverines John Beilein does not know that feeling. Can Beilein win his first national championship when the Wolverines take on the Cardinals in the 2013 National Championship Game tonight?
Why yes, yes he can.
Louisville arguably has the better defense out of the two teams, but Michigan has Trey Burke, Nik Stauskas, Tim Hardaway Jr., Glenn Robinson and Mitch McGary. All five of these players can go off for 20+ points in any given game.
In the 2013 NCAA Tournament, Michigan has taken down Kansas, Florida and Syracuse in back-to-back-to-back games. That is crazy, since all three teams were consistently ranked in the top 10 this season. Beilein has coached his way to victory against some of the greats in this year’s dance, including Shaka Smart, Bill Self, Billy Donovan and Jim Boeheim.
The Cardinals may be the No. 1 overall seed coming into this tournament, but Michigan has not been ranked outside of the top 10 this season.
The Wolverines have the best player in the nation in Burke and they have some great role players and future NBA players to go along with that.
Michigan deserved much better than a No. 4 seed and it has proved that by making the national championship game. This team has faced some of the toughest competition in college basketball all season long and in the tournament–arguably playing in the toughest region–and you better believe that Beilein is not only capable of coaching his team to victory tonight, but will.
The Fab Five can be pardoned tonight because Beilein is going to win his first national championship with Michigan.
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