Once you got past your bracket being busted and your team getting eliminated were you able to sit back and breathe in this year's NCAA D-I Basketball Tournament? Was it the best? Not the best GAME ever, but the best tournament. Once we got through the first round before the first round nonsense. The championship was one of the most entertaining for sure from beginning to end. It wasn’t the best game or even best championship game. But it had all of us jumping out of our seat many times. Side note: Did anyone tell the officials how intense that game could have been however? They never really caught up with that amazing show.
The Louisville Cardinals came into the NCAA Tournament as the top overall seed and vindicated themselves Monday by beating Michigan, 82-76, in an intense national championship game at the Georgia Dome. But before that there knew there would be the typical story lines and upsets. Wichita State becoming more than just a baseball darling, kids that no one outside of their respective school has ever heard of grabbing their 15 minutes of fame. The Kevin Ware story. Now fast forward to last night. No name Spike Albrecht rocked the Georgia Dome in the first half with a career high 17 points in 16 minutes then never scored again. It was all about Luke Hancock, after erupting for 20 points in Saturday's comeback win over Wichita State, scored 14 of his 22 points in a three-minute span late in the first half to help the Cardinals overcome another a 12-point deficit. Hancock, part of a shorthanded bench due to the absence of Kevin Ware, also hit a dagger 3-pointer down the stretch and a couple clutch free throws to seal Louisville's third national title and first since 1986. Peyton Siva scored 14 of his 18 points after the break while Chane Behanan contributed 15 points and 12 rebounds in a victory that closed out a memorable day for Rick Pitino.
Pitino, on the day his induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame became official, became the first coach to win national titles at two different schools, capturing his first with Kentucky in 1996. Score a 3 for the NCAA. This last month was off the charts. Today I wake up, with spring football in full swing, wishing it was March all over again.