If you had asked any Michigan Wolverines basketball fan, who their leading scorer would be in first half of the 2013 NCAA National Championship game match-up vs. the Louisville Cardinals, no one, including any of the players or coaches, would have told you that it would be freshman reserve, Spike Albrecht.
Albrecht has his role on this team, but let’s be honest: He certainly isn’t the one expected to carry them on their shoulders. He averages a shade over seven minutes per game, averages one point per game, and less than one steal, assist, and rebound per game. Nevertheless, he chose the biggest stage of all to come alive and make a name for himself.
With college basketball‘s National Player of the Year Trey Burke sitting on the bench with two early fouls, Albrecht came into the game and he immediately caught fire, opening up a big lead for his team. At the half, the 5-foot-11 guard is 6-for-7 for field goals, including 4-for-4 from three point range, leading all scorers with 17 points.
This is the perfect example of what makes sports so great–watching the underdog become the hero.
Though the Wolverines were up twelve at one point, the Cardinals closed the gap in the final minutes of the half. With Michigan up one point with an entire half remaining, there is still lots of time left on the clock and at this point, it’s anyone’s game. Regardless of the outcome, however, one thing is for sure: Years from now, Albrecht’s performance in this national championship game is one that he–and basketball fans–will certainly remember for years to come.