ATLANTA -- Luke Hancock came off the bench to score 20 points, walk - on Tim Henderson sparked a second - half rally with a pair of monster three - pointers, and Louisville advanced to the NCAA title game Saturday night, escaping with a 72 - 68 victory over Wichita State.
It was the 15 th straight victory for the top - seeded Cardinals, 34 - 5, who will play for the national title Monday night. It is the Cardinals' first trip to the title game since they won it all in 1986. Russ Smith led the Cardinals with 21 points and Chane Behanan added 10.
Cleanthony Early had 24 for the ninth - seeded Shockers, 30 - 9, who nearly pulled off their biggest upset of all. Wichita State had knocked off top - seeded Gonzaga and second - seeded Ohio State on its way to its first Final Four since 1965 and it had a 12 - point lead on the Cardinals with 13:35 to play. But, the Cardinals made it all the way back to avoid the upset.
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