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Louisville Cardinals beat Michigan to clinch NCAA men’s basketball title

Posted at 11:46 AM, Apr 09, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-09 11:46:42-04

(CNN) — The Louisville Cardinals defeated the Michigan Wolverines, 82-76, to win the NCAA Division I men’s basketball championship Monday night in Atlanta.

The showdown was one for the ages, with a dazzling array of airborne theatrics, jaw-dropping dunks and 3-pointers from well behind the line.

The Cardinals surged from a double-digit deficit in the first half to lead during much of the second half and finally clinch the victory.

Pitino gets Hall of Fame nod

Louisville Head Coach Rick Pitino said his team was able to top the Wolverines’ “absolutely incredible” performance “probably because I have the 13 toughest guys I’ve ever coached.”

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