The Louisville Cardinals take on the Michigan Wolverines in the championship game of the 2013 NCAA tournament on Tuesday night. Both teams have beaten extremely tough opposition to get to the finals, but the Cardinals were much more impressive on their way to the Final Four in Atlanta and during the Final Four. The game will be close for a while, but Louisville will pull off the win in the end.
Peyton Siva and Russ Smith are one of the best guard duos in the country. Michigan Guard Trey Burke may have the Wooden award, but he can only stop one of these outstanding Louisville athletes. The Wolverines don’t have an answer for all the offensive threats in the Cardinals arsenal and will have to be excellent from 3-point range to win.
Michigan is an extremely talented team, but their most talented players are young. Besides Burke, the Wolverines’ most outstanding player throughout the tournament has been Freshman Forward Mitch McGary. McGary can’t hit free throws, which could be crucial in this game. Tim Hardaway Jr. must have an outstanding performance if the Wolverines want to win.
Michigan is 0-2 against top-five nationally ranked teams, and Louisville has beaten multiple top teams this season. Rick Pitino isn’t going to lose in the national title game. If Louisville gets down early, just remember what they did in the Big East championship game — the Cardinals were down big and came back to crush the Syracuse Orange.
Expect Louisville to win this game by double-digits and the Wolverines to start looking forward to next year.