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Louisville vs. Michigan: Cardinals favored by 4 in NCAA title game

Although they're coming off their worst performance of the season against Wichita State, Louisville still enters Monday as a four-point favorite according to PreGame.com. The Cardinals have won all five of their NCAA Tournament games by at least four points.

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Despite nearly getting upset in Saturday's national semifinal game against Wichita State, the Louisville Cardinals still enter Monday night's NCAA Championship as a four-point favorite over Michigan, according to the gambling website PreGame.com.

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The Cardinals enter the title game off a narrow four-point win over the Shockers on Saturday, Louisville's closest win of the entire tournament.

And when the Cardinals do return to the court against the Wolverines, they'll need a better effort from their starting back-court of Peyton Siva and Russ Smith than they got on Saturday. In the win over Wichita State, the pair combined to shoot just 7 of 26 from the field, with seven total turnovers.

Meanwhile for the Wolverines to pull the upset, they'll try to control the paint with star freshman Mitch McGary.

McGary has had a coming out party in this postseason, with three double-doubles overall and 16.4 point and 11.6 rebound averages through five NCAA Tournament games. McGary forms a formidable inside-out punch with guard Trey Burke, who on Sunday was named the Naismith Award winner.

Tip-off for Monday night's championship game is set for 9:23 p.m. ET and can be seen on CBS.

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