ATLANTA (AP) -- Louisville is getting Spiked in the NCAA finals.
As in, Spike Albrecht.
The freshman guard for Michigan has nearly outscored the Cardinals by himself -- he had 17 points as the Wolverines raced to a 33-21 lead late in the first half.
Albrecht was 4 for 4 from beyond the arc, running his NCAA tournament to 9 for 9 and matching Sam Cassell of Florida State (1993) for the most 3-pointers without a miss in tourney history.
Albrecht came into the game averaging about 2 points, with nine made 3s all season. His season high had been just seven points.
Late in the half, he got the ball on the wing and pumped faked from beyond the arc, not only bringing his defender off his feet but also about 50,000 fans. Albrecht wisely passed the ball away, but got it back moments later and converted on a nifty driving layup.
He furiously punched the air as Louisville called timeout.
-- Dave Skretta -- http://twitter.com/@APdaveskretta
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