It’s the under-16 in the second half, with just 15:57 left until our 2013 national title is crowned, and neither side is showing any sign of letting up.
Louisville and Michigan are shooting a combined 61.9 percent from beyond the three-point arc, but Luke Hancock picked up his third foul early into the half after hacking Tim Hardaway Jr. on a drive. Russ Smith, who started the second half on the bench, replaced him.
Coach Rick Pitino has been fuming over fouls, but that’s not nearly as big a concern as Smith turning into the out-of-control “Russidiculous” headache. Also, Spike Albrecht and Hancock just checked back in. Let the fireworks fly.
The media timeout also featured the recognition of the 2013 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductees, including Gary Payton, Jerry Tarkanian, Dawn Staley and Pitino himself.