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Southeast Region No. 9: 1986 Louisville

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1986 Louisville Cardinals

Louisville took the national championship by defeating Duke 72-69 behind center Pervis Ellison's 25 points and 11 rebounds. He was the first freshman since 1944 to be voted the most outstanding player of the Final Four. Forward Billy Thompson also was named to the all-tournament team.

The team peaked down the stretch, ending with a 17-game winning streak, including six games in the NCAA tournament, to finish with a 32-7 record.


Denny Crum's team finished first in the Metro Conference in the regular season with a 10-2 record and then won the conference tournament. The Cardinals finished the regular season ranked No. 7 in the AP poll (their highest ranking all season). All five starters averaged double figures and the team shot 53.1 percent.


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