Monday’s national title game between Michigan and Louisville has been a showdown between Michigan’s Spike Albrecht and Louisville’s Luke Hancock. Michigan leads Louisville 38-37 at halftime. Albrecht has 17 points. Hancock has 16. Take away both players, and both teams have 21 points.
Trey Burke, college basketball’s national player of the year, was in the zone with seven quick points before he had to leave the game with two fouls.
Spike Albrecht, the unheralded backup guard who averaged 1.8 points a game, was unconscious. When Burke went out of the game with two fouls, Albrecht, with his play, simply said, “Trey, I got this.”
He scored 17 points on 6 of 7 shooting, including five three pointers.
But Louisville’s Hancock made four straight three pointers to end the half to erase Michigan’s double-digit lead, and the Cardinals briefly took a one-point lead before Michigan’s Glenn Robinson made two late free throws to give Michigan a one-point lead.
The second half is shaping up to be a phenomenal half of basketball–and conclusion to the college basketball season–with many shining moments.