NCAA Tournament Schedule 2013: Complete Viewers Guide for Final Four

Alex KayCorrespondent IApril 1, 2013

March 3, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines guard Trey Burke (3) brings the ball down court Michigan State in the first half at Crisler Center. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
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After two arduous weeks of play, the 2013 NCAA tournament field has been cut down to the Final Four teams.

Louisville managed to navigate out of the difficult Midwest region, as Wichita State fittingly emerged from the upset-laden West. Syracuse heated up at the right time and took the East, while Michigan has been unstoppable during its run through the South.

The Cardinals have been the favorite throughout this event and will be favored to cut down the nets in Atlanta, but first have to get past a feisty Shockers squad. On the other side of the bracket is a battle between two No. 4 seeds that just can’t seem to lose in the Wolverines and Orange.

Let’s take a look at where to catch all the action, highlight the important plots of each matchup and much more in our 2013 Final Four preview.


No. 1 Louisville vs. No. 9 Wichita State

Where: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA

When: Saturday, April 6 at 6:09 p.m. ET

Watch: CBS

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Perhaps the toughest test on Louisville’s path to this contest was losing backup guard Kevin Ware to a broken leg against Duke in the Elite Eight.

The Cardinals blew past NC A&T, Colorado State, Oregon and Duke on their way here and have more than lived up to the Selection Committee’s decision to see them No. 1 overall.

Wichita State’s journey wasn’t as easy. The Shockers needed to knock off Pittsburgh to open the second round, upset No. 1-seeded Gonzaga in the round of 32, dominated a Cinderella La Salle squad in the Sweet 16 and held on against No. 2 seed Ohio State in the Elite Eight.

The Shockers are going to have to make some key adjustments if they are going to make an improbable run to the national title game, as the Cardinals present a unique challenge they have yet to face.

Expect UL coach Rick Pitino to throw a press at Wichita State for the duration of the battle and employ a high-octane attack on the other end. While the Shockers have done well defensively thus far, they haven’t yet had to deal with a squad anywhere near as athletic as Louisville.


No. 4 Michigan vs. No. 4 Syracuse

Where: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA

When: Saturday, April 6 at 8:49 p.m. ET

Watch: CBS

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On paper, this looks to be one of the most exciting showdowns in the entire tournament.

Michigan is an offensive juggernaut that has been winning games and staying alive in March Madness by scoring buckets, while ‘Cuse is utilizing suffocating defense to stifle the opposition and advance into the Final Four.

If the Wolverines are shooting around their tournament averages (49 percent from the field and 40 percent from deep), they’ll have little problem moving into the national championship game when all is said and done.

However, the Orange have managed to hold their foes to a ridiculous low 29 percent on field-goal tries over the past four games. In their most recent Elite Eight outing, ‘Cuse allowed Marquette to score just 39 points.

You are definitely going to want to tune in to see which style winds up ahead, but we’re giving the edge to Michigan in this one.


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