ATLANTA (AP) — Their best player was struggling and one of their main backups was on the bench with a broken leg.
Louisville still had more than enough to win its third national title.
Luke Hancock made four straight 3-pointers in the first half, and Peyton Siva and Chane Behanan had monster second halves to lead the top-seeded Cardinals to their first national title since 1986 on Monday night with an 82-76 victory over Michigan.
Hancock finished with 22 points, including a perfect 5 for 5 from 3-point range. Siva had 14 of his 18 points in the second half, and Behanan had 11 of his 12 rebounds in the second half. Behanan also chipped in 15 points for Louisville (35-5).
While Siva leaped off the floor to hug his family when the buzzer sounded, a beaming Kevin Ware hobbled onto the court to join his teammates. Behanan picked up two cheerleaders and, with one in each arm, carried them to the mosh pit that quickly formed at center court.