Kevin Ware celebrates after he cut down the net after Louisville won 82-76 against the Michigan Wolverines during the 2013 NCAA Men's Final Four Championship at the Georgia Dome on April 8, 2013 in Atlanta. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA -- Monday was a huge night for the University of Louisville.
The team defeated the University of Michigan 82-76 to win this year's NCAA Championship.
Rick Pitino became the first coach in history to lead two different schools to the title. He gave a lot of credit to one athlete who didn't play a minute in Atlanta -- Rockdale County's Kevin Ware.
The injured guard, who suffered a compound fracture in his leg during the Midwest Regional final against Duke, was on the bench for both of Louisville's Final Four wins.
And he was on the court at the end for the traditional ritual of cutting down the nets.