2013 National Championship Game: Luke Hancock Most Outstanding Player At Final Four

By Trevor Lowry
Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

It wasn’t too long ago that Louisville Cardinals Luke Hancock was playing for the George Mason Patriots. In fact, it was just two seasons ago before the junior decided to transfer. Well, last night Hancock was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four.

Not many people would have guessed that a former George Mason player would be the best player in the Final Four for a team like Louisville–especially after only averaging 8.1 points per game on the season–but Hancock could probably care less what people think.

Hancock did wonders in the last two games of the 2013 NCAA Tournament, averaging 21 points per game. He also made 8-10 threes, including a perfect 5-for-5 from behind the arc in the championship game against the Michigan Wolverines.

Not bad for a player that only broke the 20-point mark one other time on the season.

Michigan and Wichita State most likely did not revolve their game plan around guarding Hancock and that is just too bad. Louisville trailed the Wolverines by 12 points in the first half, but Hancock brought the Cardinals back to life by sinking some threes. He played a huge role in beating the Shockers as well.

Russ Smith was likely the most important player for the Cardinals during the entire tournament, but no one stepped up more for this team in the final two games of the tournament more than Hancock. If it wasn’t for the George Mason transfer, who even knows if Louisville would have made the championship game.

Hancock stepped up his game on the biggest stage in college basketball and he showed the world that he is now a star and a force to be reckoned with for Louisville.


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