1. Michigan backup point guard Spike Albrecht entered Monday's championship game to help deal with Louisville's full-court pressure and ended up running the show for the Wolverines when All-American point guard Trey Burke fell into foul trouble.

  2. Albrecht became one of the stories of the first half, connecting on his first three three-point shots and scoring 17 of Michigan's first 35 points.  Louisville's Luke Hancock put on a show of his own, allowing Louisville to pull nearly even at 38-37 at halftime.
  3. So who is this emerging cult hero? 

  4. From MGoBlue.com

    * A freshman from Crown Point, Ind., standing 5-11 and 170 pounds. 

  5. * Played in all 35 games off the bench

  6. * Scored 51 points, shooting 37.2 percent from the floor and 41.7 percent from three-point range.

  7. * Averaged 7.4 points per minute, with a season high of 15 at Michigan State on Feb. 12 and versus VCU in the tournament.

  8. Spike Albrecht '12 (Michigan) highlights!
  9. * After high school, played one prep year at Northfield Mount Hermon College in Massachusetts.

  10. His given name is Michael Joseph; he earned the nickname Spike as a kid, by wearing his baseball spikes everywhere to demonstrate to his parents how badly he wanted to play. 
  11. Albrecht had made all five of his 3-point attempts in the NCAA tournament coming into Monday night's game, and he was 4-for-4 from beyond the arc at the half. He also made a couple of big threes in a semifinal win over Syracuse.
  12. With Burke resuming his point guard role in the second half, Albrecht went back to a secondary role and did not score in the half. He finished with 17 points and 28 minutes played. Hancock finished with 22 and was named Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four. Burke led all scorers with 24 points, but Louisville won 82-76.