NCAA Tournament

Final Four 2013 Schedule: When and Where to Watch National Semifinals

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 16:  Michael Carter-Williams #1 of the Syracuse Orange brings the ball up court in the first half against the Louisville Cardinals during the final of the Big East Men's Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 16, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 4, 2013

There are only three games remaining in the NCAA tournament, but there is plenty of excitement still ahead.

This year's March Madness has already lived up to its name. Louisville is the only No. 1 seed present at the Final Four, and the Cardinals are joined by No. 4 Michigan, No. 4 Syracuse and No. 9 Wichita State.

Even though Louisville is the only team to win either a conference title in either the regular season or postseason tournament, any of the remaining squads has an opportunity to play for a national championship.

Of course, they have to beat each other in what is certain to be some competitive Final Four games. 

 

When: Saturday, April 6

Where: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Ga.

Watch: CBS

Live Stream: March Madness on Demand

 

No. 9 Wichita State vs. No. 1 Louisville—6:09 p.m. ET

The best team in the tournament faces the mid-major that simply will not give up.

Louisville is playing inspired basketball after watching Kevin Ware severely hurt his leg in the last game against Duke. However, the squad was impressive before that point and has won 14 games in a row.

On the other side, Wichita State continues to play much better than its seed. The Shockers are incredibly deep and versatile, and they use that ability to match up well with everything team they face.

In addition, Wichita State can play physically inside, which helps the club against the athletic major-conference teams.

However, the Cardinals might be too good on defense for the Shockers to score consistently. On the other end, Russ Smith will continue his hot streak, and the top overall seed will advance to the finals.

Prediction: Louisville 68, Wichita State 59

 

No. 4 Syracuse vs. No. 4 Michigan—8:49 p.m. ET

This is a classic matchup of a great offense against a great defense.

Michigan played three top defenses in the past three rounds, but the Wolverines were able to score at least 78 points in each contest. 

However, they have not yet seen a 2-3 zone that Syracuse uses every possession. The Orange have incredible length at every spot, and that has helped hold opponents to an average of 45.8 points in the tournament.

It will be a challenge for Michigan to be able to get open shots from deep like it has all year.

Then again, Trey Burke's ability to get into the lane will be huge against the zone. He will be able to get into the middle of the defense and then either score from there or create for teammates. 

Unless Syracuse gets hot from outside, it will be tough to keep up on the scoreboard.

Prediction: Michigan 72, Syracuse 69

 

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