Louisville, Michigan escape shadows at Final Four

By: Matt Harris Email
By: Matt Harris Email

ATLANTA (AP) -- The hoops teams at Louisville and Michigan are used to being overlooked.

The Cardinals may be a national powerhouse, but they're still considered second fiddle in their own state. The Kentucky Wildcats are the blue bloods of the bluegrass, while Louisville settles for being viewed as the blue-collar school.

The Michigan basketball team knows what that's like. Football rules on the Wolverines campus -- rightly so, says Tim Hardaway Jr., given that program's long, storied history.

Well, it's kind of hard to overlook either team now. Louisville and Michigan will meet Monday night in the NCAA championship game.

Louisville's Rick Pitino can become the first coach to lead two schools to a national title. Michigan's young team hopes to do something the Fab Five never did -- win a championship.

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