This is a Final Four you aren't going to want to miss.
If we've learned anything during this college hoops season, it is to expect the utterly unexpected. No. 1 teams have fallen to unranked teams like it's the cool thing to do, major upsets have become customary, everyday feats and the gap between the country's powerhouses and so-called mid-majors has shrunk considerably.
This year's four representatives in Atlanta illustrate the capricious nature of the season perfectly.
(Note: You can find the schedule for this fitting Final Four at the bottom of this page)
Yes, Louisville was expected, but the other three, for the most part, weren't.
Leading up to the tournament, Michigan went 6-6 in its last 12 games, and that included a humiliating loss at Penn State and a grand total of two wins away from home. The Wolverines have oodles of talent, sure, but it was difficult to believe that a team with several contributing true freshmen, inconsistency on the road and major problems on defense would make it this far.
Syracuse was in a similar position. The Orange made a deep run in the Big East tournament to signal a potential turnaround, but they were still in the midst of a 4-5 stretch heading into the Big Dance. With the way that offense was playing, a Final Four run seemed like a long shot.
Then you have Wichita State, the team that lost five starters from a year ago, was 2-3 with a loss to Evansville (!) entering the tournament and had the unfortunate placement of a No. 9 seed.
Bam. Improbable run to Final Four for Gregg Marshall's squad. Just like that.
And that's the 2012-13 college basketball in the tiniest of nutshells. Expect the unexpected.
Now, if you combine that season-long unpredictability with the bright lights of the Final Four, you have the makings for an absolutely gripping final three games.
So gripping, in fact, that you should probably cancel everything you have planned for Saturday and Monday, or at least for the following times.
When: April 6 and 8
Where: Georgia Dome, Atlanta
Live Stream: March Madness Live
Final Four Schedule
|April 6||No. 1 Louisville vs. No. 9 Wichita State||6:09 p.m.|
|April 6||No. 4 Michigan vs. No. 4 Syracuse||8:49 p.m.|
|April 8||National Championship||9:23 p.m.|
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