YouWager experts consider that Luke Hancock was partly responsible for helping the Louisville Cardinals win the national title game. However, some bettors might say he simply saved it for the team.
With the game in danger of getting out of reach last night, Hancock went on a shooting spree for the ages, scoring 14 straight points for Louisville late in the first half as part of a run that turned a 12-point deficit into a one-point lead.
The 22 year-old became the first reserve named Most Outstanding Player at the Final Four after netting 22 in last night’s NCAA title game.
The Cardinals went on to defeat the Michigan Wolverines 82-76 for the national title. Hancock went 5 for 5 from 3-point range and finished with 22 points to add to his 20 from the national semifinal.
No small feat to come off the bench and win that kind of award for Louisville. This is college basketball team led by the scoring of Russ Smith, the outstanding tenacity of Peyton Siva and the shot-blocking and rebounding of Gorgui Dieng.
Trailing 33-21 with just under 4 minutes left in the first half, Hancock started his scoring streak with two free throws which oddsmakers consider was the easy part. Then, he spotted up four straight times from beyond the 3-point arc. They all went in.
The Virginia native accounted for 14 straight Cardinals points as part of a 16-3 run that turned the 12-point deficit into a one-point lead, and turned a potential runaway into a game again.
This marked the seventh time the Cards has come back from double digits to come out victorious this season — and the second time Louisville (35-5) has turned a 12-point deficit into a win in Atlanta. Hancock was also key in the comeback versus the Wichita State Shockers on Saturday.