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Louisville king of NCAA basketball realm after beating Michigan, 82-76

Led by senior guard Peyton Siva and junior Luke Hancock, the Cardinals overcame a 12-point deficit Monday night and rallied for the school's third NCAA men's national championship.


Louisville guard Peyton Siva (3) holds the winning trophy with his team mates after Louisville defeated Michigan after the second half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Tuesday, April 9, 2013, in Atlanta.

Chris O'Meara/AP

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Rick Pitino held court in a tunnel beneath the Georgia Dome, going on and on about the grittiest bunch of guys he's ever coached.

One of them sat in the corner of the locker room, a net around his neck, grinning away.

The Louisville Cardinals vowed to finish the job for Kevin Ware.

Boy, did they ever.


With their injured teammate cheering them on from the bench, Louisville capped its run through the NCAA tournament, coming back again from a 12-point deficit to beat Michigan 82-76 in the championship game Monday night.


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