The 2013 NCAA Tournament is about to come to an end, with Louisville and Michigan advancing to Monday night's national championship game.
Both teams advanced on Saturday with wins in the Final Four. Louisville escaped a major upset by defeating Wichita State, who entered the contest as double-digit underdogs. Michigan defeated Syracuse by five points in a game that went down to the wire.
The two teams will square off at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta as each tries to be crowned the best team in college basketball. It’s been 27 years since Louisville won the title, while the Wolverines last cut down the nets in 1989.
The Cardinals will look to continue the recent trend of No.1 seeds winning it all. In the past six seasons, five of the national champions began March Madness atop their region. Louisville was named the top overall seed by this year’s selection committee.
It’s very rare for a No.4 seed, like Michigan, to win the championship. Arizona is the only No.4 seed to do so since the NCAA Tournament expanded to 64 teams.
The Cardinals continue their streak of being the favorites in every game of the tournament. The consensus betting odds at Las Vegas casinos predict the Cardinals to win their 16th straight game. Michigan was the underdog in their Sweet 16 and Elite Eight contests against Kansas and Florida.
The higher seed hasn’t lost the national championship game since No.3 Florida beat No.2 UCLA in 2006.
Point Spread: Louisville-4, 138
Money Line: Louisville-185, Michigan+165
Prediction: Louisville 70, Michigan 60