Rick Pitino became the first person to win NCAA men’s college basketball tournaments with two different schools on Monday night as Louisville defeated Michigan 82-76 to win the national title game in Atlanta.
The victory capped off a 9-day period in which Pitino also was elected to the Naismith Memorial Hall-of-Fame, learned his son, Richard Pitino, had been named head coach at the University of Minnesota, and had his horse win the Santa Anita Derby and qualify to enter the Kentucky Derby.
Louisville’s Luke Hancock, who scored 20 points off the Cardinals’ bench in his team’s 72-68 semifinal win over Wichita State on Saturday, led the way with 22 points on Monday. Peyton Siva added 18 points for the Cardinals, who finished the year at 35-5.
Trey Burke scored 24 points for Michigan (31-8).
Pitino also won a national title with Kentucky in 1996.