Originally written on The B1g Time  |  Last updated 11/14/14
Ncaa_basketball_louisville_8251

Volume beat quality as Louisville took down a game Michigan squad, 82-76, to earn their 3rd national championship and 1st under Rick Pitino in what will likely go down as one of the best played national championship games of all-time. 

Why say volume was the difference? Perhaps because the Cardinals were able to get off 13 more field goal attempts, going 28-61 (45.9%) for the game versus Michigan's 25-48 (52.1%). 

Yep, this game literally came down to who could take the most shots as the Cardinals and Wolverines both made the same amount of three-pointers (8) and free throws (18) in this classic battle from start to finish.

Guard play mattered big time, but it wasn't Trey Burke and his game high 24 points that would be the key to the game. Instead it was Louisville's bench to stud, Luke Hancock, and his 22 points that would be the key difference in the win. 

It was also a battle of two of the best benches in all of college basketball and while Michigan had some great play from Spike Albrecht in the 1st half, it was Luke Hancock and his consistent play all game long that won it for Louisville. 

From a Big Ten perspective it was hard not to love the first half and hate the 2nd. Why? Two words... Spike Albrecht.

The first half ended 38-37 in one of the most entertaining halves of basketball seen in some time, mainly thanks to two names - Spike Albrecht and Luke Hanson - who were bit players at best heading into the tournament. Instead both decided to shine on the grandest stage of them all. 

Albrecht went 6-7 from the field and had 17 points, while Luke Hanson hit 4 straight trey's and was 4-5 from the free throw line for 16 points in one of the craziest one-on-one battles in quite some time. They were the only two players in double figures in the 1st half.

It wasn't just them either as Trey Burke kicked this game off right with a layup followed by a defensive rebound and a three-pointer of his own en route to 7 points before foul trouble took him out of the rest of the half, playing just six minutes in the half.

Just how crazy was the first half? Well, when you thought you had it figured out you didn't. Case in point - the final five minutes of the half.

Michigan was up by 12 points at 35-23 with 3:24 left in the half, and that's when Luke Hancock and the Cardinals made their run to get back in the game going on a 14-3 run to end the half down just one point. 

Michigan shot 50% from the field (14-28) and Louisville nearly matched them, shooting 12-26 (46.2%) themselves in that crazy half.

In the 2nd half the game turned from a three-point shooting contest into an all-out mosh pit inside. The Cardinals had 6 more points in the paint for the game (34-28) and thanks to a combination of tenacious play, some great slashing from Peyton Siva, and the refs swallowing their whistles the Cardinals were able to take the game over. 

No one was a bigger example of this than Chane Behanan and his double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds. 

In a game like this there are winners and losers on the final scoreboard, but no one can hang their heads. Both teams let it all out on the court and as fans, damn was that an amazing piece of college basketball history to be a witness to. 

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

LeBron's triple-double leads Cavs to win in OT thriller

Report: Adrian Peterson will skip Vikings first OTAs

Corey Brewer: We got our butt kicked, it was embarrassing

Brian Kelly hints Notre Dame will have fast offense

John Madden: Last play of Super Bowl will 'torment' Pete Carroll

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Cristiano Ronaldo nets hat trick, sets career high for goals

WATCH: Cormier tells Jones to get his s-- together

Fans holding 'Free Tom Brady Rally' at Gillette Stadium

Josh Hamilton to be activated by Rangers

WATCH: Top CB recruit makes insane catch doing backflip

Biggest surprises of the MLB season

Federer unhappy with security after fan comes on court

WATCH: LeBron throws down ferocious dunk in traffic

WATCH: Al Horford ejected for elbowing Matthew Dellavedova

Seahawks fan starts GoFundMe for Russell Wilson's contract

Billy Donovan thanks Florida fans with full-page ad

WATCH: Daniel Cormier gets into it with Ryan Bader

Jim Harbaugh compares his driving to Jeff Gordon's

WATCH: High school seals win with perfect hidden ball trick

Warriors crush Rockets in Houston to take 3-0 series lead

WATCH: D'Angelo Russell whiffs on horrible golf swing

Brian Matusz ejected for having foreign substance on arm

PHOTO: Don Cherry wears wild suit even for his taste

College Basketball News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
THE B1G TIME

WATCH: LeBron's ferocious dunk in traffic

Kelly drops hint about ND offense

John Madden: Last SB play will 'torment' Carroll

Eight biggest surprises of the MLB season

Bryan Price ejected before first pitch

Vin Scully narrates marriage proposal

Pats fan's obituary defends Brady

Marlins players skip own charity event

John Wall tells All-NBA Team voters to ‘keep sleeping’

Jim Kelly: No doubt Tom Brady cheated

Post-combine NBA Draft big board: Top 30

Ex-players sue NFL for conspiring to push painkillers

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.