Gregg Marshall, Wichita State: The Shockers head coach pieced together a nice game plan, daring Louisville point guard Peyton Siva to beat Wichita State with his jumper and sealing off the Cardinals' driving lanes. It damn near worked.
Montrezl Harrell, Louisville: Harrell's high-energy athleticism was a major asset for Rick Pitino's Cardinals, particularly in the first half. He wound up with eight points on a perfect 4-for-4 from the field.
C.J. Fair, Syracuse: Fair was Syracuse's go-to offensive option from the tip, tallying 22 points on an equally prolific 20 shots. Perhaps it wasn't the best shot-to-point ratio, but it was still an admirable effort on a night where the 6'8" junior didn't get much help.
The University of Michigan: The ascent is complete. For the first time since ye olde days of Fab Fivedom, the Wolverines will play for a national championship.
Gorgui Dieng, Louisville: Dieng didn't have any points, but his second-half foul trouble really hurt Louisville. Without their best half-court defender, the Cardinals struggled to keep Wichita State off the glass.
Malcolm Armstead, Wichita State: Gregg Marshall's point guard did a nice job handling Louisville's pressure, but his late-game foul trouble hamstrung the Shockers. So did his 1-for-10 shooting performance.
Steve Fisher: The good news is that the former Michigan coach (and current San Diego State coach) snagged some precious air time. The bad news is that he had mustard on his face.
Ehimen Orukpe, Wichita State: The reserve center didn't take a single shot in seven minutes. He did, however, take two free throws, both of which he missed and one that fell well short of the front rim.
Nik Stauskas, Michigan: Ah, the life of a shooter. One game after he went 6-for-6 from three and scored 22 against Florida, Stauskas missed all five of his attempts from beyond and failed to register a single point. Somewhere in Gainesville, a solitary tear just rolled down Billy Donovan's cheek.