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FINALS WATCH: Foul trouble

Monday - 4/8/2013, 11:24pm  ET

Louisville guard Russ Smith (2) and Michigan guard Nik Stauskas (11) work for a loose ball during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 8, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

ATLANTA (AP) -- Foul trouble is starting to mount for Louisville.

Russ Smith and Peyton Siva, the Cardinals' starting guards, each picked up their third foul early in the second half, along with Luke Hancock, who had been hot from the 3-point line.

The foul trouble in the backcourt is especially troublesome for Louisville because of the injury sustained by Kevin Ware, who had been providing valuable minutes off the bench.

Ware broke his leg in the regional finals against Duke.

The Wolverines were in better shape, with only forward Mitch McGary in foul trouble. The big forward picked up his fourth with 9:11 left in the game.

-- Dave Skretta -- http://twitter.com/@APdaveskretta

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