Plenty of teams talk about how tight-knit they are, how the team matters more than any individual accomplishment.
Louisville has the national title to prove it.
Short-handed because of Kevin Ware's broken leg, facing yet another big deficit and with their biggest star, Russ Smith, having a rare off night, the Cardinals simply went to the next guys up.
Luke Hancock made four straight 3-pointers late in the first half, single-handedly halting what was threatening to become a Michigan runaway, and Peyton Siva and Chane Behanan erupted for monster second halves to lead top-seeded Louisville to an 82-76 victory that gave the Cardinals their third national title.
''I'm just so happy for our team,'' said Hancock, the first sub in tournament history to win most outstanding player honors. ''I'm happy that multiple guys got to contribute on this great run. Everybody from (walk-on) Tim Henderson on. It's just great for our team.''
Their affection was unmistakable as the Cardinals (35-5) c...