It was not easy, but no one ever said it would be. That being said, the top-ranked team in the nation barreled into March Madness along with the rest of us and eventually was the single squad left standing when it was all said and done.
The Louisville Cardinals, on the same day their coach, Rick Pitino, was officially made a member of the 2013 Hall of Fame class, took down Michigan, 82-76, to win the 2013 NCAA national championship.
Let’s delve a little deeper into the numbers, with the help of ESPN Stats & Info.
52.1 — Michigan’s shooting percentage. It was the highest shooting percentage in a losing title game effort since the 1985 Georgetown squad shot 54.7 percent in losing to eighth-seeded Villanova.
.167 — Michigan’s winning percentage in basketball national title games. The percentage is the worst of any program with at least five championship game appearances.
5 — The number of Michigan losses in the championship game, good for the third-most all-time.
9 — The number of three-pointers Michigan’s Spike Albrecht made in the entire NCAA Tournament.
10 — The number of three-pointers Albrecht attempted in the Tourney. He came up just short of the most threes without a miss in Tournament history. Sam Cassell made nine without a miss for Florida State in 1993.
5-of-5 — Louisville’s Luke Hancock was perfect from beyond the arc. The Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player set the record for most treys without a miss. The previous record of three is shared by three others. Hancock finished with 22 points.
18-6-5-4 — Number of points, rebounds, assists and steals for Peyton Siva on Monday night. Only Derrick Rose, Melo, Shane Battier and Grant Hill have ever posted at least a 18-6-5 title game and none have included the four steals to go with it.
12 — Siva is a point guard, and yet 12 of his 18 points came in the paint. Chane Behanan had another 12 points in the paint while largely being guarded by the Tourney’s biggest surprise, Mitch McGary.
2 — The Wolverines were held to just two second-chance points in the second half after scoring 13 in the first half.
27 — Louisville went 27 years in between championships, their last win coming in 1986. That is the second-longest drought for a team with multiple titles. Kansas went 36 seasons, having made their fans wait from 1952 all the way to ’88 for another crown.
16 — The season ended on a 16-game winning streak for the Louisville Cardinals.
17 — Number of years between Rick Pitino’s two personal championships. His first came in 1996 with in-state rival Kentucky.
664 — The title game victory gave Pitino 664 collegiate wins on his career.
25 — The win tied Pitinto for 25th on the game’s all-time wins list. Who is he tied with? None other than the legendary John Wooden.
1 — Pitino is now the only coach in the history of college basketball to win a national championship at two different schools.