Burke scored the first seven points for the Wolverines, but exited the game after six minutes of action upon being whistled for his second personal foul. Spike Albrecht stepped in and made four three-pointers en route to a 17-point half. Michigan extended its lead to as many as 12 points without Burke on the floor, but Louisville rallied back to take a 1-point advantage with 22 seconds left in the half.
Michigan reclaimed the lead with a pair of free throws from Glenn Robinson III two seconds before halftime.
Burke was the unanimous player of the year in college basketball, earning the Wooden, Naismith, Oscar Robinson and Associated Press awards.