Louisville vs. Wichita State: Preview and Prediction for 2013 Final Four Matchup

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Louisville vs. Wichita State: Preview and Prediction for 2013 Final Four Matchup
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Louisville faces Wichita State in the Final Four on Saturday in a matchup that pits the last Cinderella standing against the tournament favorite.

The Shockers are just the second No. 9 seed to make the Final Four in the history of the NCAA tournament. Pennsylvania was the only other team to do it, and that was back in 1979.

Even so, both Gregg Marshall and Rick Pitino don’t like to categorize Wichita State as a Cinderella. The Shockers beat Pittsburgh, Gonzaga and Ohio State on the way to Atlanta, and they figure to give Louisville all it can handle.

On the other side, the Cardinals are in their second consecutive Final Four. They lost to in-state rival Kentucky last season, but this year, they look to cut down the nets for the first time since 1986.

Here is a preview and some predictions for Saturday’s Final Four matchup between Louisville and Wichita State.

 

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