There are just three games left until one team reaches immortality.
While the 2013 NCAA tournament has left a little to be desired, there's no doubting the team that wins will remembered by its fans forever. This is the time when good teams and players ascend to a different level.
Performances and moments from this weekend will live on forever. The basketball might not be thrilling at times, but fans will be treated to plenty of drama over the next three games.
Here's how and where to catch Saturday's semifinal games. Following that are key individual matchups to watch.
When: April 6 and 8
Where: Georgia Dome, Atlanta
Live Stream: March Madness Live
Final Four Schedule
|Apr. 6||No. 1 Louisville vs. No. 9 Wichita State||6:09 p.m.|
|Apr. 6||No. 4 Syracuse vs. No. 4 Michigan||8:49 p.m.|
|Apr. 8||National Championship||9:23 p.m.|
Individual Matchups to Watch
Carl Hall vs. Gorgui Dieng
Gorgui Dieng has been great in his last two games. To go along with 24 points, he's brought down 20 rebounds. Far from an offensive menace, Dieng has managed to make 20 of his 24 shot attempts in the tournament.
With his size, it's hard for any Shockers player to match up with him. That will be a problem considering how much Wichita State relies on rebounding.
Carl Hall will be tasked with taking Dieng out of the game. He's been good so far but far from dominant. Even worse, Hall is ceding three inches to the Louisville big man.
The Shockers have done well by relying heavily on guard play, but going up against the combo of Peyton Siva and Russ Smith, guard play alone won't cut it.
In the win against the Gonzaga Bulldogs, Wichita State allowed Kelly Olynyk to get 26 points and eight rebounds. That doesn't bode well for Hall.
Trey Burke vs. Michael Carter-Williams
This might actually be better than any one game in the Final Four. You have the AP Player of the Year in Trey Burke (h/t Paul Myerberg of USA Today) going up against one of the premier perimeter defenders in the country in Michael Carter-Williams.
Burke is going to be one of the keys for the Wolverines in breaking the Orange's vaunted 2-3 zone. The sophomore guard can penetrate, causing the defense to collapse round him. That would leave teammates open on the perimeter. Burke could be on the receiving end of some open shots as well.
With both his height and length, Carter-Williams can make it difficult for Burke to get any easy shots. And MCW is athletic enough to follow Burke around the court as well.
So much of Michigan's offense is predicated on Burke. If he struggles from the floor, the Wolverines are going to find it hard to get on the board. It's going to be up to Carter-Williams to ensure that happens.
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