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Pitino, Louisville will cut down nets

We are finally here. The national championship will be determined Monday night.

Michigan and Louisville are ready to go at it at the Georgia Dome. More than 70,000 fans will be there and there should be excitement galore.

Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. meet Peyton Siva and Russ Smith. I think they will pretty much neutralize each other.

The Cardinals must get more production from their front line than they did against Wichita State, when they got zero in the first half. Louisville's Gorgui Dieng can give Mitch McGary problems in the paint. McGary has had three double-doubles in the tourney but he is going against a tough shot-blocker.

Louisville's pressure defense could force turnovers, leading to points in transition. Rick Pitino is a master at making adjustments with different defenses. You may see backcourt pressure, picking up at three-quarter court. Multiple looks could make a difference.

The Cardinals' bench could be a factor again. I picked the Cardinals before the season and like them to cut down the nets.

Louisville 77, Michigan 74. Pitino completes an amazing run, making the Basketball Hall of Fame and a national championship, the first coach to do it at two schools.