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2013 NCAA Tournament: Louisville Cardinals Final Four Preview

We learned two things from the No. 1 Louisville Cardinals after their victory over the No. 2 Duke Blue Devils in the Elite Eight. One, they definitely look like the No. 1 overall seed. Two, they are a family.

Injuries happen all of the time in sports, but legs aren’t supposed to just snap in half. When Kevin Ware went down in the first half against Duke, Louisville players instantly reacted. The bench was hysterical and the players on the court were laying on the hardwood floor in pain for their injured teammate.

The injury itself was gruesome, but the way the players reacted after that moment is the reason why sports are so awesome.

Other than Louisville having one of the best defenses in college basketball and a great offense to go along with it, the Cardinals are now playing for a purpose other than to simply win. They are playing for Ware and they are now going to be that much harder to beat.

What to Watch For

So, there is this one player named Russ Smith and he is kind of a big deal. Smith is averaging 26 points per game in the 2013 NCAA Tournament and he has arguably been the best player in the dance. The only other player that stands a chance is Michigan’s Trey Burke.

This team has a good player at every position and it is a nightmare on defense. Against Duke, Louisville only gave up 63 points. The Blue Devils where averaging near 80 points per game just for the record.

Louisville Wins If

Its defense continues to be one of the best and the Cardinals play inspired basketball. No. 9 Wichita State is playing some good basketball right now, but it will need a near perfect game to knock off another No. 1 team in this year’s tourney. The Cardinals are playing good on both sides of the ball and if they continue to dominate on both ends, they will not only win this game, but the entire tourney as well.

 

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