Posted April 06, 2013 on AP on Fox
Louisville's ugliest win was its biggest one yet. Luke Hancock came off the bench to score 20 points, walk-on Tim Henderson sparked a second-half rally with a pair of monster 3s and Louisville advanced to the NCAA title game Saturday night, escaping with a 72-68 victory over Wichita State. ''I just kept telling the guys ... `We're going to make a run. It's about defense,''' coach Rick Pitino said. ''Give them their credit, but the bench won the game for us tonight.'' And now the Cardinals (34-5) will try and win it all for their emotional leader on the bench, injured Kevin Ware. As the final buzzer sounded, Ware stood up, grinning as he thrust his arms above his head. Louisville will play the winner of Syracuse-Michigan for the national title Monday night. It is the Cardinals' first trip to the title game since they won it all in 1986. Russ Smith led the Cardinals with 21 points, and Chane Behanan added 10. Cleanthony Early had 24 for the ninth-seeded Shockers (30-9), who near...
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