ATLANTA (AP) — Louisville will be playing for its third national championship on Monday night.
The Cardinals are 2-0 in championship games, beating UCLA in 1980 and Duke in 1996. Coach Rick Pitino’s team will take a 15-game winning streak into the final. It is Louisville’s longest streak since the 2003-04 season.
The last team to beat the Cardinals was Notre Dame, in overtime, on Feb. 9.
But Cardinals center Gorgui Dieng said Sunday that going 3-0 will depend on how effective Louisville’s press is against Michigan.
“We could not win without our pressure,” Dieng said.
Louisville’s come-from-behind 72-68 semifinal victory was its 34th of the season, a school record for wins.
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