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<p>Michigan Arrive In National Title Game Thanks To Rick Pitino</p><p>Before we declare another awesome three weeks of March Madness over and before we tell David Barrett to start warming up the pipes for another rendition of "One Shining Moment," we have a bit of business to get to Monday night. The NCAA Tournament's top overall seed, Louisville, has now won 15 straight games. Michigan, a 4 seed, has been lights out since losing to Wisconsin in the Big Ten Tournament, and features perhaps the best offense in the country against the most vicious and efficient of defenses.</p><p>Let's take a look at the five key things to watch come tip time, at 9:23 EST tonight.</p><p>It's nearly impossible to win a national championship without great guards. Monday night's tilt features an elite duo of backcourts in Louisville's Russ Smith and Peyton Siva against Michigan's Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. Burke, still just a sophomore, is likely the only lottery pick of the four. However, as much as Syracuse's length bothered him Saturday night, the Cardinals remarkable quickness and trapping won't make things any easier. Smith the leading scorer in the NCAA Tournament will need to continue slashing and making 3s, but look out for Siva. He has averaged under 9 points per game in five tournament outings, but is a key catalyst for Rick Pitino's offense. The same goes for Hardaway, who has struggled in March and is coming off a brutal 416 night. If Smith and Burke wash each other out, whoever plays better Siva or Hardaway Jr. could very well decide the outcome. chi flat irons </p><p>2). Mitch McGary vs. Gorgui Dieng</p><p>Will McGary's brute force and rare skill set win out over Dieng's remarkable shotblocking ability and interior toughness? Remember, Dieng not only averaged 2.5 blocks this season, but also led the Big East in rebounding. Per ESPN Stats Info, the Cardinals were outscoring opponents by a robust 19 points in the paint entering the Final Four. McGary though, is a unique challenge. At 6foot10 with a thick body and awesome hands, he has a great feel on the block and from the high post and finishes everything. He's converted around 70 percent of his field goals throughout the entire tournament.</p><p>Watching Michigan dismantle the 'Cuse 23 matchup in the first half was truly a work of art. Not only did the Wolverines make shots, they also didn't turn the ball over. Pitino's entire defense is predicated off of relentless pressure and trapping, and ranks as the most efficient defense in America as a result. The last time John Belien's team saw pressure like this was VCU in the round of 32, and it won by 25 points.</p><p>Louisville head coach Rick Pitino is a Hall of Famer, but Michigan's John Beilein has the more talented team. (AP photo/David J. Phillip)</p><p>Michigan has a couple in longrange bomber Nik Stauskas and playmaker Caris LeVert, who hit a few huge 3s against the Orange. Louisville counters with its own sharpshooter in Luke Hancock, whose 20 points Saturday proved to be the difference. I think Stauskas is the real wild card though. He's an interesting talent who shoots the triple at 45 percent. While a freshman, he's shown no fear in big moments. The 'Cuse zone bothered him, but at 6foot6, Stauskas should get some clean looks Monday night.</p><p>Pitino, who is now coaching in backtoback Final Fours, just learned that he will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. And, if Louisville does win Monday night, he will become the firstever head coach to win championships at two different schools (Kentucky). Beilein, meanwhile, doesn't have the same resume, but does have the same type of system where he recruits kids tailormade for his system and where they all buy in. He's a bluecollar, oldschool guy who helped turn Burke a threestar recruit and former Penn State commit into a Wooden Award winner. His team, after all, has KenPom's toprated offense of the tournament and is looking to become just the second 4 seed to capture a championship. The last, you ask? In 1997, when Arizona beat Pitino's Kentucky squad.</p><p>CORRECTION: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that Pitino coached backtoback national titles. It is backtoback Final Fours. chi hair dryer </p><p>Around the Web:</p><p>NCAA national title: Louisville's defense vs. Michigan's offense</p><p>Michigan Tops Syracuse 6156 In Final Four To Reach National Championship .</p><p>March Madness 2013: Breaking Down Key National Championship Points</p><p>Louisville, Michigan hope to end streaks in NCAA final chi hair products </p><p>Louisville, Michigan look to create lasting bond Yahoo! News</p><p>10h Hold on to your hats, it's Louisville vs. Michigan for all the marblesLouisville, Michigan hope to end streaks in NCAA final chi flat iron official website </p>

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