All four teams that made the trip to Atlanta have wowed, dazzled, and even amazed fans and bettors during their respective tournament runs, but for one team, there are still two games and a NCAA Tournament trophy to be won. Who will take it all? First things first. We’ve got to take a look at both of the final four match-ups to determine which two squads will play for the whole thing.
Wichita State Shockers +10 at Louisville Cardinals -10
As much as the Shockers have impressed and created the best feel-good story of the 2013 tourney, the Cardinals have been undeniably the best looking squad on the floor in each round that we’ve seen thus far. They’ve simply dominated opponents, even good ones, and withstood an incredible setback – with a horrific injury to Kevin Ware last week – only to advance with an inspired second half performance that was surely dedicated to him.
The Shockers have been able to rise to the occasion and beat the odds time and time again, but this game and the Louisville Cardinals are a whole other animal. The Cardinals apply a type of pressure that the Shockers will have not seen and there’s no telling if they’ll be able to handle it effectively.
Louisville is not only the overall No. 1 seed in the tournament, but it is also the hottest team in the field – coming into today’s match-up on a 14-game winning streak. I’d like to say the Shockers have a chance, but I’d be lying. Take Louisville to cover -10 as it pulls away in the second half.
Syracuse Orange +2 at Michigan Wolverines -2
The second Final Four match-up of the day will feature two teams with completely different playing styles, as the Wolverines boast one of the most efficient offenses in the country and the Orange will bring in one of the nation’s best defenses.
Throughout the tournament, the Orange have stymied opponents with an impenetrable zone defense, forcing teams to take tough outside shots, but the Wolverines have been able to hit those shots and if they stay hot, it could be lights out for Syracuse.
Though Michigan has been hot from outside, it hasn’t relied on three-point baskets to win games, The Wolverines have also gotten solid production from their inside bigs, which will be a significant advantage in penetrating the zone with strong hi-post and low-post play.
Syracuse should keep this game close, but the Wolverines have too much firepower to lose this one. Take Michigan to cvoer -2 in the win.