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Making a name: Louisville, Michigan escape the shadows with run to NCAA championship game

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    Louisville head coach Rick Pitino and Michigan head coach John Beilein, left, participate in a television interview for their NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball game Sunday, April 7, 2013, in Atlanta. Louisville plays Michigan in the championship game on Monday. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (The Associated Press)

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    Louisville head coach Rick Pitino answers a question during a news conference for their NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball game Sunday, April 7, 2013, in Atlanta. Louisville plays Michigan in the championship game on Monday. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) (The Associated Press)

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    Louisville's Michael Baffour, left, and Jordan Bond chat in the locker room before practice for their NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball game Sunday, April 7, 2013, in Atlanta. Louisville plays Michigan in the championship game on Monday. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) (The Associated Press)

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    Michigan head coach John Beilein speaks during a news conference for their NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball game Sunday, April 7, 2013, in Atlanta. Michigan plays Louisville in the championship game on Monday. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) (The Associated Press)

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    Louisville head coach Rick Pitino answers a question during a news conference for their NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball game Sunday, April 7, 2013, in Atlanta. Louisville plays Michigan in the championship game on Monday. (AP Photo/Tim Donnelly) (The Associated Press)

The hoops teams at Louisville and Michigan are used to being overlooked.

The Cardinals may be a national powerhouse, but they're still considered second fiddle in their own state. The Kentucky Wildcats are the blue bloods of the bluegrass, while Louisville settles for being viewed as the blue-collar school.

The Michigan basketball team knows what that's like. Football rules on the Wolverines campus — rightly so, says Glenn Robinson III, given that program's long, storied history.

Well, it's kind of hard to overlook either team now. Louisville and Michigan will meet Monday night in the NCAA championship game.

Louisville's Rick Pitino can become the first coach to lead two schools to a national title. Michigan's young team hopes to do something the Fab Five never did — win a championship.

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