April 9, 2013
Michigan finished the season with a 31-8 overall record. Its 31 wins match the most in a season since the 1992-93 season when the Wolverines went 31-5. It also marks the most wins in a season for John Beilein as a head coach. Previously, he led West Virginia to a 27-9 season in 2006-07.
Michigan is played in its first national championship game in 20 years and sixth all-time (1965, 1976, 1989, 1992, 1993 and 2013). The last time U-M appeared in the national semifinal was in 1993* in New Orleans, La., when the Wolverines finished as the national runner-up. The Wolverines are now 1-5 (1-3*) in national final appearances.
Today's matchup marked the first meeting between Michigan and Louisville in the NCAA Tournament.
Head coach John Beilein is now 28-15 all-time in postseason play, including a 13-8 mark in the NCAA Division I Tournament and a 7-4 record at Michigan.
Michigan is now 48-23 (41-19 sanctioned) all-time in NCAA Tournament history.
Michigan is now 4-6 (3-4*) against No. 1-seeded teams in the NCAA Tournament. The Wolverines also defeated No. 1 Kansas in overtime, 87-85, in the 2013 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16.
Tonight's attendance of 74,326 is an all-time NCAA Tournament championship game record, and the total Final Four attendance of 149,676 is also an all-time record.
Michigan's five true freshmen all saw time on the court together midway through the first half, constructing a 6-0 run to give U-M a nine-point lead.
Michigan shot 52 percent (25-for-48) from the field, marking the 19th time this season the Wolverines have shot 50 percent or better.
With his three assists, Trey Burke improved upon his sophomore and single-season record, which he set against VCU (236). He finishes the season with 260 assists and dished out four or more in 29 of 32 games this season.
With his 12 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. surpassed Juwan Howard (1,526, 1992-94) on Michigan's all-time scoring list and finishes the season 18th with 1,532 career points.
With his 24 points, Trey Burke surpassed Robert Traylor* (1,210, 1996-98) on Michigan's all-time scoring list and closes out the season 36th all-time with 1,231 career points. Burke scored in double figures in all but two games this season.
Spike Albrecht had a career-best 17 points, all of which came in the first half, including a career-best six field goals (6-for-9) in a career-high 28 minutes. He went 4-for-4 from three-point range in the first half and finished the game 4-for-5. He more than doubled his previous personal best of seven points.
Spike Albrecht has made at least one three-point field goal in his last five straight games, including a career-best 4-for-5 effort tonight. He went 9-for-10 in the NCAA Tournament.
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