Final Four

Final Four 2013 Schedule: Ultimate Guide for Date, TV Listings and Matchups

ARLINGTON, TX - MARCH 31:  Tim Hardaway Jr. #10 of the Michigan Wolverines and teammate celebrate their 79 to 59 win ovewr the Florida Gators during the South Regional Round Final of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Dallas Cowboys Stadium on March 31, 2013 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Mike ShiekmanFeatured ColumnistMarch 31, 2013

The road to Atlanta is complete.

Louisville, Wichita State, Michigan and Syracuse all played their way into this year’s Final Four, still carrying realistic title dreams.

The Big East, Big Ten, and, wait for it, Missouri Valley Conference will be represented in the ATL. With 60 teams down, the No. 1, 4, 4 and 9 seeds made it to college basketball’s final weekend.

We knew it was going to be a wild year in college basketball, but who saw that coming?

Saturday night will vanquish two contenders and leave only the final two in the championship game. Everything you need to know about where, when, and how to watch the Final Four can be found right here.

Scroll down for Saturday’s schedule and instant reaction to the matchups.

 

Remaining Schedule

Note: All times are approximate and Eastern Time. Times and matchups for National Championship will not be decided until the results of the Final Four. For a complete look at the tournament bracket, check out Bleacher Report's Live Bracket.

FINAL FOUR TV SCHEDULE

Apr. 6

No. 1 Louisville vs. No. 9 Wichita State

6:09

CBS

Atlanta, Ga.

Apr. 6

No. 4 Michigan vs. No. 4 Syracuse

8:49

CBS

Atlanta, Ga.

2013 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

Apr. 8

TBA

9:23

CBS

Atlanta, Ga.

 

 

Final Four Matchups

 

No. 1 Louisville vs. No. 9 Wichita State

The Cardinals have played the part of tournament giant, so it’s only fitting that the NCAA Tournament’s Cinderella will meet them in Atlanta.

The Shockers have made it this far playing their brand of physical defense with big man Carl Hull anchoring the back line. Hull will have to be instrumental in flustering Louisville’s penetration at the rim.

Meanwhile, the Shockers’ offense will have their hands full handling the Louisville press. Sure, Wichita State has been impressive, but Gregg Marshall’s team has yet to face such blistering speed as they will with Russ Smith and Peyton Siva.

The Shockers will certainly be underdogs, considering Louisville's impressive March run starting with the Big East tournament. That should give the MVC champs all the fuel they need to surprise the world.

 

No. 4 Michigan vs. No. 4 Syracuse

The best offensive team left in the NCAA tournament goes up against the most confounding defense in what should be an intriguing clash of styles.

Michigan looks to continue its impressive tournament run flanked by presumed Wooden Award winner Trey Burke and a talented supporting cast beside him. 

Meanwhile, Syracuse will try to suffocate the Wolverines with its lengthy 2-3 zone led by defensive stalwarts Michael Carter-Williams and C.J. Fair.

The Wolverines have not faced a complex defense as good as Jim Boeheim’s 2013 version of his 2-3 zone. But even if Michigan struggles, can Syracuse score enough to advance?

So many variables are in play in Saturday’s matinee showdown. College basketball has one entertaining doubleheader on its hands.

 

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