Louisville defeats Michigan 82-76 to win the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship, and will have an opportunity to win the women's basketball championship later tonight

Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals win the 2013 NCAA Division I men's basketball championship in Atlanta. The women will have a chance to do the same in New Orleans later tonight. - Andy Lyons

In Atlanta, the Louisville Cardinals defeated the Michigan Wolverines 82-76 in an exciting back and forth game to win the 2013 Division I Men's Basketball Championship. Junior forward Luke Hancock was the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player, and Head Coach Rick Pitino is now the first men's basketball head coach to win national championships at two different schools, the other being Kentucky in 1996.

One of the major developments in the game's first half happened when Michigan Guard Trey Burke got into early foul trouble which forced freshman backup guard Spike Albrecht to play extensive minutes, where he made four threes in the first half and scored 17 points overall in the game.

However, Luke Hancock, the Cardinals' captain also made four threes in the half, and ultimately made all five of his three point shots for the game. Hancock scored a total of 22 points, and added three assists. His big shots in the first half were a major factor in keeping the Cardinals in the first half of the game, and ultimately may have been why they won the game. Senior Guard Peyton Siva also contributed big for Louisville adding 18 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals.

Our resident Michigan fan Nate was disappointed with his team's loss, but had this to say:

With all of that said, given Louisville's win in the D-I men's basketball championship, the Big East Conference is guaranteed to sweep both the men's and women's basketball championships for the 2012-2013 season. Louisville and UConn will play in the women's final later tonight at 8:30 PM on ESPN. Should Louisville win the women's championship tonight, the Cardinals will sweep the men's and women's championships for the first time since 2004 when UConn did the same.

To read more on the NCAA men's basketball championship game from fan perspectives, read Card Chronicle for Louisville's perspective and Maize n Brew for Michigan's. For a more objective perspective, read SB Nation's StoryStream.

Read more on our preview on Louisville's and UConn's women's national championship game by clicking here. And our Women's Final Four StoryStream can be accessed here.

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