Final Four Schedule: Everything You Need to Know to View Saturday's Games

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Final Four Schedule: Everything You Need to Know to View Saturday's Games
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Finally. 

The 2012-13 college hoops season has been a heart-pounding, unpredictable one, but over the last week, the upcoming Final Four has been marred by an officiating scandal and mismanagement of an abusive head coach.

But it's time to put that in the rear view. Time to get back to the hardwood, and back to the good side of this sport. Time to witness the players, coaches and fans who make college hoops so undeniably alluring. 

Let's take a look at what you need to know to catch all of Saturday's Final Four action from the Georgia Dome. 

 

Game 1: Louisville vs. Wichita State

Tip Time: Saturday, April 6, at 6:09 p.m. ET

Where: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Ga.

Watch: CBS

Live Stream: March Madness On Demand

Listen: Louisville fans can find a list of radio affiliates here. Wichita State fans can find their list here

Spread Info: Louisville (-10), Over/Under: 130, via Vegas Insider

 

Key Player to Watch: Gorgui Dieng

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Louisville's backcourt of Peyton Siva and Russ Smith is what makes the Cardinals' attack so dangerous, but despite how dominant the two electric guards have been this tournament, they can still be fairly polarizing at times. 

While Dieng is an elite rim protector on defense, he can take this team to an unbeatable level when he is scoring out of the post and showing off that underrated passing game of his. He'll get a good chance to do that against Wichita State's physical-but-undersized big men. 

 

Key Matchup to Watch: Malcolm Armstead vs. Louisville's Pressure

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Armstead hasn't been able to find his stroke in the Big Dance, but he has done a masterful job of orchestrating a Wichita State attack that is averaging a smoldering 72.75 points per game. 

In four tournament wins, the Shockers' senior point guard—in addition to being an absolute nuisance on defense—has turned the ball over just 2.0 times per contest, which is down from his season average of 2.3. 

Armstead will have help against the Cardinals' ball-hawking pressuring, as Gregg Marshall's squad has five guards who can handle the ball, but the senior leader must continue his heady play. 

 

Game 2: Michigan vs. Syracuse

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

Where: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Ga.

Watch: CBS

Live Stream: March Madness On Demand

Listen: Michigan fans can find a list of radio affiliates here. Syracuse fans can find their list here

Spread Info: Michigan (-2.5), Over/Under: 130, via Vegas Insider

 

Key Player to Watch: Mitch McGary

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The strong, physical, rim-crashing freshman is the main difference between Michigan ending the season 5-5—he averaged just 17.4 minutes in those games—and Michigan making a run to the Final Four—he averaged 29.8 minutes, 17.5 points and 11.5 rebounds in those four wins.

While it's difficult for defenses to rebound consistently out of a 2-3 zone (Syracuse ranks 281st in America in defensive rebounding percentage), the Orange also have the length and athleticism in the middle to bother the powerful McGary

 

Key Matchup to Watch: Trey Burke vs. The Zone

Syracuse's 2-3 zone has been suffocating, holding its four tournament opponents to 45.75 points per game (a historically stingy 0.71 points allowed per possession) and just 15.2 percent (14-of-92) from three-point range.

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Burke, meanwhile, has justified his selection as the nation's best player, beautifully conducting John Beilein's free-flowing, efficient offensive juggernaut. 

Although the electric point guard has struggled with his shot this tournament, he has proven unstoppable when he can drive the lane and either finish at the rim or kick to Michigan's slew of shooters. It just happens, however, that penetration is almost impossible against the length of Syracuse's zone. 

Unstoppable vs. Impossible. Something has to give. 

 

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