The Final Four Teams are set. This was a crazy tournament. Only one #1 seed made it to see the Elite Eight. This was by far one of the most competetive, unpredictable tournaments we have seen. The action will only get better this weekend. With the teams set lets take a look at the teams and how they got there

Louisville: The overall number one seed cruised their way to the Final Four as expected. They beat Colorado State by 26 and then beat Oregon by 8 even though they once held a 20 point lead and then after a back and forth battle in the first half and dealing with a gruesome injury to Kevin Ware they beat the Duke Blue Devils by 22.

Wichita State: Wichita State, a #9 seed continues their Cinderella run as they cruised past Pittsburgh in the round of 64. Then they proved to the country that Gonzaga was indeed overrated with a victory against the Zags in the 2nd round. They had their way with Lasalle in an unexpected matchup in the Sweet Sixteen, and then completely shut Ohio State down in the Elite Eight to earn a spot in their first Final Four since 1965.

Michigan: The Michigan Wolverines, the lone Big Ten team. The Big Ten team that people didn't expect to see in the Final Four. Yes, the Wolverines are in their first Final Four since the Fab Five era. The Wolverines also cruised their way to the Final Four as they shut down Nate Wolters and the South Dakota State Jack Rabbits. Then they wrecked Havoc on VCU and their "Havoc' defense. The Wolverines hit a road block in the Sweet Sixteen matchup against Kansas as they overcame a Double Digit lead in the second half to force overtime and go on to win. After the Kansas win they cruised by a Florida team lead by an incredible shooting performance by Nik Staukas.

Syracuse: Syracuse are in the Final Four again. Last time they made an appearance in the Final Four they were being led by Carmelo Anthony. Syracuse played tough defense throughout the whole tournament. They beat Montana, Calfornia, and completely shut down Indiana and Marqutte. Teams have yet found a way to beat Syracuse and their 2-3 zone.

Now Lets look at the Matchups

Lousiville (33-5) vs Wichita State (30-8): Led by the electric Backcourt or Russ Smith and Peyton Siva Louisville will look to press and turn this into a high tempo game against Wichita State. Wichita State will look to shut down the perimeter and force Louisville in bad shots. The game will depend on if Wichita State can contain Russ Smith and Peyton Siva. Shall the Shockers successfully do that they could see themselves in the National Title game. If not Louisville will cruise by Wichita State just like they did the previous teams en route to their second straight Final Four appearance.

Syracuse (30-9) vs Michigan (30-7)
Michigan has the best player in the country in Trey Burke and also have a good supporting cast that can score points in bunches behind him. Syracuse is led by point guard Michael Carter-Williams and also by they're relentless 2-3 zone. This game is Offense vs Defense. The game will come down to how Michigan handles the zone and size of Syracuse. Good thing Mitch McGary has stepped up in the post season. If Syracuse can contain McGary and slow down Michigan's high octane offense they will see themselves in the National Championship Game. If Michigan and find a hole in Syracuse's 2-3 zone and overcome Syracuse's size advantage over them they will have a chance to win they're first National Title since 1989.

I predict that it will be a All-Big East final National Title game with Louisville and Syracuse going at it. Thanks for reading and leave a comment and feedback on what I could have done better or what I should talk about next.
 


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ajmoney
04/01/2013 1:41pm

I didn't think Michigan had a chance to make it out of the second round but now I'm a believer. It's time for Hardaway to have a good game he hasn't shown up yet but I think he's going to perform well this weekend. Michigan is putting it together at the right time GO BLUE!!

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Kevin
04/01/2013 1:50pm

I think Michigan going all the way

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KobeNeedSix
04/01/2013 3:07pm

Mich vs Syracuse is going to be the best game! Syracuse balls out, but Mich is showing that championship drive after coming back and winning that game. Louisville they have be re-fueled by that Kevin Ware Injury. Just like You got served when sunny died lmao! Nobody wants to see them right now!

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