Elite Eight Schedule: What to Watch for in Sunday's March Madness Action

Dan Talintyre@@dantalintyreSenior Analyst IIMarch 31, 2013

LEXINGTON, KY - MARCH 23: Wayne Blackshear #20 of the Louisville Cardinals celebrates after a play against the Colorado State Rams in the first half during the third round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Rupp Arena on March 23, 2013 in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Syracuse and Wichita State are heading to the Final Four of the 2013 NCAA tournament. Two more teams will join them after Sunday's action.

No. 1 seed Louisville will take on No. 2 seed Duke in the Midwest whilst Florida and Michigan will battle in the South for a potential Final Four appearance.

And if Saturday's action was anything to go by, then we're set for two thrilling matchups that should provide plenty of talking points and highlights.

Read on to see the biggest storylines and factors to watch for in Sunday's Elite Eight action, as well as a full schedule of the tournament's remaining games.


NCAA Tournament Schedule

Eight Eight

Michigan [4] vs. Florida [3]—March 31, 2013 at 2:20 p.m. ET

Louisville [1] vs. Duke [2]—March 31, 2013 at 5:05 p.m. ET


Final Four

Louisville/Duke vs. [9] Wichita State—April 6, 2013 (time TBA)

Michigan/Florida vs. [4] Syracuse—April 6, 2013 (time TBA)


Championship Game

Scheduled to take place on April 8, 2013 (time TBA)


What to Watch for in Sunday's Action

Can Duke Continue Their Ryan Kelly Resurgence?

After spending significant time on the sidelines due to injury, Ryan Kelly is back in the mix for Duke. Since his return, Duke hasn't lost a single game—meaning they've won over 20 games with the star forward in their side. 

They'll look to continue that against the No. 1 seed Louisville Cardinals, who possess plenty of their own offensive weapons.

For the Blue Devils to win, they'll need to shoot the ball particularly well from outside as they have done all year, but also dominate inside.

Kelly must set himself up well against the Cardinals' big men, and become a true inside threat. Otherwise, Duke will be forced to rely on Seth Curry. 

And whilst that isn't necessarily a bad move, it does make the Blue Devils very one-dimensional against arguably the best team in the country.

Look for Kelly to be a key player for the Blue Devils. 


Can the Burke/Hardaway Combination Be Stopped?

Few guard combinations have been as effective as Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. have been this year—heralded as "the new Dereck Whittenburg and Sidney Lowe...maybe better"—and they'll be central to Michigan's chances at success again. 

Burke was incredible against the No. 1 Jayhawks, and Hardaway was also very strong at key moments in that game.

They'll look to continue their success against Florida in the Elite Eight, who must be at their best to stop the star duo.

Florida is an incredibly athletic team who matches up well against the athleticism of the Wolverines.

Whether Florida can control Burke and Hardaway still remains to be seen. That will be the deciding factor in this one. Ken Pomeroy ranks the Gators as the second best defensive team in the country and the best team overall—something they'll need if they're going to stop a streaking Michigan.


Will Russ Smith Go Off Once Again?

As good as Burke and Hardaway have been, Louisville guard Russ Smith has been the star of the 2013 NCAA tournament.

Smith scored 23 points in the Cardinals' opening game, and followed that up with 27 against Colorado State. Against Oregon in the Sweet 16, Smith went for 31 points on 9-of-16 shooting, while also making 12 of 14 from the free-throw line.

His tournament averages are 27 points per game and 3.7 steals.

Simply put, there is no more important player than Smith, and if he goes off again, it's hard to see the Cardinals losing.

The Blue Devils controlled Smith when they played him earlier in the year. They must do the same if they're going to advance to the Final Four.


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