Cardinals and Wolverines face off for title


The NCAA Division I Mens’ Basketball Championship trophy sits in the locker room of the Duke Blue Devils, who last won the tournament in 2010.

April showers bring the possibility of a national championship title for two men’s collegiate basketball teams. The University of Michigan Wolverines will face the University of Louisville (Ky) Cardinals in Atlanta, Georgia on Monday, April 8 for the National Collegiate Athletic Association national title.

Michigan, a member of the Big 10 conference, beat the Syracuse University Orange 61-56 in a close game to advance to the finals. Louisville, the Big East conference champs and number one seed, barely escaped the underdog Wichita State Shockers with a score of 72-68.

Another roadblock for Louisville was when the Cardinals lost point guard Kevin Ware to a gruesome leg injury in the Elite Eight game. Despite the loss of one of Louisville’s key players, some predict that the Cardinals will still take the title. St. Paul Academy and Summit School junior Emun Solomon thinks that the dramatic injury will empower the team. “They are going to win for Ware,” Solomon said. “I am going to predict a blowout,” Solomon said. “Louisville has depth and they are good at every position.”

The two teams face off tonight in Atlanta, Georgia at 8:23 PM Central Time.