2013 National Championship Game: Spike Albrecht’s Performance For Michigan Wolverines

By Trevor Lowry
Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY

Trey Burke scored seven points very quickly for the Michigan Wolverines in the 2013 National Championship Game against the Louisville Cardinals, but then foul trouble got to him as quick as he scored those points. As a result, Burke was benched and freshman Spike Albrecht was put into the game.

Here is a little background info on Albrecht. He stands at 5’11”, he was averaging less than two points per game entering this game and his career-high/season-high in points was seven.

Well, other than his height, that all changed in the first half once Albrecht entered the game. The Wolverine went off for 17 points and was 4-for-5 from behind the arc in the game. He could not be stopped in the first half and he was a big reason why Michigan had such a big lead during the first half–although Louisville did claw back into the game before the half was over.

Albrecht did not have a single point in the second half, but his name was trending on Twitter and he was pretty much being hailed as a god for a while there.

If Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr. or Mitch McGary would have went off like Albrecht did in the first half, people still would have been making a huge deal. That is how impressive he was in the first half and he showed that he has the talent to be a star next year at Michigan.

It is too bad that Albrecht did not light it up in the second half, but he put on one heck of a show in the first and we will be hearing his name a lot next season.


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