Louisville vs. Duke: Game Time, TV Schedule, Spread Info and Predictions
The 2013 NCAA tournament has saved the best for last in the Elite Eight this weekend.
Two of the best teams in college basketball, the Louisville Cardinals and Duke Blue Devils, will square off for the fourth and final spot in the Final Four.
Rick Pitino and Mike Krzyzewski have a combined five national championships and 17 Final Four appearances between them, but neither will be satisfied with anything less than a Final Four berth.
Here we'll get you set with everything you need to know for Sunday's much-anticipated Midwest Regional final.
Where: Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis
When: Sunday, March 31, 5:05 p.m. ET
Live Streaming: March Madness Live
Betting Line: Louisville (-3.5), according to Covers.com.
Louisville Player to Watch: Russ Smith
The 6'1" star has shined in Rick Pitino's full-court press and has been ultra aggressive on the offensive end, getting to the foul line 28 times in three NCAA tournament games.
Look for Smith to score another 20-plus points this weekend and carry the Cardinals offense. In a matchup as even as this one, he'll need to shoot a high percentage from the field and get to the free-throw line early and often.
Duke Player to Watch: Seth Curry
Curry's long-range accuracy (50 percent in tournament play) combined with his ability to create his own shot is huge in this Elite Eight matchup. Whether he's driving to the basket and drawing two free throws or sinking a corner three, Curry will need to match Russ Smith in the scoring column.
Key Matchup: Louisville's Full-Court Pressure vs. Duke's Ball-Handlers
Who has the edge in this key matchup?
Duke's backcourt will need to make smart decisions and crisp passes on Sunday in order to avoid surrendering any easy buckets to an already-stellar Louisville team.
The Blue Devils turned the ball over 14 times in their five-point win over the Cardinals in Nassau back in November, but they finished plus-one in the turnover department. A similar performance on Sunday could have Duke dancing its way to Atlanta.
However, despite losing to Duke earlier in the season, the Cardinals have won 13 straight games dating back to mid-February. I like Peyton Siva and Co. to cut down the nets for the second straight year.
Louisville 71, Duke 68
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