INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Monday night, a new national champion will be crowned in college basketball as the Louisville Cardinals take on Michigan Wolverines in Atlanta at 9 p.m.
Even though an Indiana team is not playing, there is at least one local watch party planned. The Fox and Hound in northeast Indianapolis is where a number of the Wolverine faithful will meet to cheer on the maize and blue.
The two teams had scares in Saturday night's Final Four games.
The Cardinals rallied past scrappy Wichita State, erasing a 12-point, second half deficit. While the Wolverines got 21 points from the bench brigade to squeak past Syracuse 61-56.
That sets up the top offense in Michigan going up against the top defense in Louisville. It will be the first game between the two teams since 1978, but the coaches are more familiar with each other than that.
"We know we have to play a great game to beat Michigan. With one day prep, this is going to be the toughest prep day we'll have with all the different things they run. Fortunately I know John, we go back a long time, going back to some great games at West Virginia and I know what he's all about," Louisville's head coach Rick Pitino said about his opponent.
"I've watched his games for a long time, watched his tapes back in the day when he was first putting out all those great tapes and it's always a guy I admired as a guy for the way he has always coached, and he's not been afraid to take on new challenges," said Michigan coach John Beilein.
Louisville will, of course, be playing without one of its biggest names.
"He'd tell us that we need to pick it up and we do a lot . He's a part of this team and we know how much it meant, means for him to be out there, and he's just trying to give us whatever were needed, the extra motivation, the extra boost to get us over the hump," Peyton Silva said about his teammate Kevin Ware, sidelined by injury.
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