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2013 NCAA Tournament Final Four Preview: Wichita State vs Louisville

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

64 other teams have fallen to the wayside and only four remain in the hunt for a National Title. That is right kiddos, the Final Four is about to get underway. The time is now for Cinderella to put away the dancing slippers and replaced it with a battle-ax as the Wichita State Shockers are looking to make history against the Louisville Cardinals.

What to Watch For

The Shockers have proved that they can hang with any team in the nation on a physical level. In fact, in every NCAA Tournament game they have played this season, Wichita State has led by at least 13 points in each outing. This not only proves how good they are, but also shows a level of dominance. The obvious key for the Shockers is going to be if they can continue to dominate the boards as they have.

Louisville has a two-headed star monster in Peyton Siva and Russ Smith. The two as players, however, could not be any more different. Siva is a leader, whose brilliance is in the lack of flash shown on the court. Think of him as the direct extension of Rick Pitino on the court. Smith, well, he is just Russdiculous. Still, his abilities to hit shots from all over the planet make him one of the most dangerous players in the Final Four.

Prediction

My heart says one thing and the brain tells my heart that it is an idiot. Considering all that is at stake, I have to give the advantage to the team who has been in high-pressure situations like this many times before.

Louisville 67 Wichita State 61

 

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