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Louisville, Michigan escape shadows at Final Four

April 7, 2013 • National News


Michigan head coach John Beilein answers a question during a news conference for their NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball game Sunday, April 7, 2013, in Atlanta. Michigan plays Louisville in the championship game on Monday. (AP Photo/Tim Donnelly)

ATLANTA (AP) — The hoops teams at Louisville and Michigan are used to being overlooked.

The Cardinals may be a national powerhouse, but they’re still considered second fiddle in their own state. The Kentucky Wildcats are the blue bloods of the bluegrass, while Louisville settles for being viewed as more of a blue-collar school.

The Michigan basketball team knows what that’s like. Football rules on the Wolverines’ campus — rightly so, said Tim Hardaway Jr., given that program’s long, storied history.

“We still have a ways to go,” said Hardaway, Michigan’s junior guard. “Football has a lot more national championships than we do.”

Well, it’s kind of hard to overlook either team now.

Louisville and Michigan will meet Monday night in the NCAA championship game.

The Cardinals (34-5) have lived up to their billing as the tournament’s top overall seed, blowing through their first four opponents before rallying from a dozen points down in the second half to beat surprising Wichita State 72-68 in the national semifinals.

It’s been quite a run for the Louisville athletic program, in general. The women’s basketball team also reached the Final Four, while the football team won a Big East Login to read more

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