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2013 National Championship Prediction

Louisville Cardinals favored to cut down the nets in Atlanta

By Ryan Fowler - WhatIfSports.com
April 7, 2013

A quick review of Louisville's and Michigan's statistical DNA for the 2013 season suggests a tightly contested matchup on Monday night in Atlanta.

Here's a quick rundown of the head-to-head season averages:

PPG: MICH 75.2 LOU 74.3
FG%: MICH 48.3 LOU 45.6
FT%: LOU 70.7 MICH 70.0
3P%: MICH 38.3 LOU 32.9
RPG: LOU 36.9 MICH 35.2
APG: MICH 14.6 LOU 14.5
SPG: LOU 10.8 MICH 6.2

If you are a believer in statistical sample size, you could deduce that the 2013 NCAA National Championship could come down to the Wolverines' ability to knock down the three-ball, while the Cardinals will need to rely, once again, on creating turnovers off their full court press. In fact, the Cardinals' run against Wichita State was because they forced seven turnovers in the game's final seven minutes. Prior to coughing up the rock, the Shockers had gone 26 minutes without a turnover.

It's also worth noting that Michigan finished sixth in the nation in field goal percentage at 48.3 percent. Mitch McGary, a double-double machine, has increased his production on both ends of the courting during this tournament run.

2013 National Championship Prediction
MatchupWin %Avg. Score 
Michigan Wolverines30.167.4Sample Boxscore
vs. Louisville Cardinals69.972.6Simulate Title Game

Using our college basketball simulation engine, we "played" Louisville and Michigan 1,001 times and the computers like the Cardinals to come out on top 69.9 percent of the time by an average score of 73-67.

Remember, you can simulate the 2013 NCAA National Championship as many times as you want for FREE using our SimMatchup tool.

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Ryan Fowler is the Content Manager for WhatIfSports.com. He can be reached at rfowler@whatifsports.com.

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