Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 9/20/14
Spike Albrecht shined while Trey Burke sat. After all that, Michigan and Louisville were still pretty much even. Then the Wolverines couldn't stop the Cardinals in the second half. With Burke on the bench in early foul trouble, the seldom-used Albrecht scored 17 points in the first half, and the Wolverines led by 12 in Monday night's national title game. But that lead was only one at halftime, and the Cardinals went on to win 82-76. Albrecht and Burke both played plenty in the second half, but Michigan couldn't prevent Louisville from converting around the basket. Albrecht went scoreless after halftime, leaving Burke - the national player of the year - to try to rally Michigan. He did his best, finishing with 24 points in what might have been his final college game, but it wasn't enough. ''Louisville was the better team today, and they're deserving of the win,'' Burke said. ''We fought all the way, for 40 minutes - there was never a point in time we gave up. Louisville was just ...
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