Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Thank you Michigan and Louisville: A Fitting Finale

There's only two words I can say after Monday night's national championship. Thank you.

Thank you Michigan and Louisville for giving us the best national title game in five years and one of the most thrilling games of this lackluster college season. It's what the game should be - letting guys play, heart and hustle all over, and guys stepping up in great ways.

Thank you Spike Albrecht for a great 1st half performance. 17 points and doing what players train to do: Be ready when your number's called.

Thank you to Florida Gulf Coast being a shot of adrenaline in this tournament with one of the best Cinderella runs ever.

Thank you to the Final Four Most Outstanding Player Luke Hancock for being a cool handed customer the last week and a half. When everyone freaked out over Kevin Ware, you went right to him and started praying with your hand on his chest. You came alive against Wichita State when your team needed you to spark them being down. You did it again Monday against Michigan to end the first half and hit a big 3 in the 2nd to give the Cards a 10-point lead late.

Thank you Trey Burke for showing why you're the national player of the year.

Thank you Mitch McGary stepping up big this weekend and showing why you could be a preseason All-American candidate next year.

Thank you Peyton Siva for taking control of that game and showing why you'll be a solid PG in the NBA. Great floor generals set the tone on both sides of the floor and you did during that game.

Thank you John Beilein for trusting and leading a young team that could be a force next year.

Thank you Rick Pitino for proving why you're one of the best coaches in college and making history with two titles at two different schools. Louisville was a great second half team in the tournament and ended the year on a 15-game winning streak.

Thank you Kevin Ware for showing resiliency and pushing your teammates to play even harder.

As fans of college basketball or sports, we won Monday night with a fantastic game and seeing the best of college hoops. NBA, you're next.

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