The No. 9 Wichita State Shockers have definitely overachieved in the 2013 NCAA Tournament in terms of their seed.
The Shockers have beaten the No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs and No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes. Talking about taking out the best teams in your region. Bring on the No. 1 overall seed in the entire tournament. Well, that is exactly what is going to happen for this team because Wichita State has the No. 1 Louisville Cardinals next in the Final Four.
Luckily for Wichita State, it has a great defense, but it is the offense that is going to be worrisome going into the Final Four. Louisville has one of the best defenses in college basketball and just held a high-powered Duke offense to 63 points.
What to Watch For
It will be interesting to see if Wichita State’s defense can contain Russ Smith and keep up with Louisville’s defense. Whether the case, the three-ball will play a big role in this game for the Shockers. Wichita State managed to knock down eight threes against the Buckeyes and 14 against Gonzaga.
A similar effort from behind the arc will do wonders against the Cardinals.
Wichita State Wins If
They stop Smith from scoring bucket after bucket, which has not been done in this year’s tournament yet. If Wichita State can manage to score 70 or more points and if the Shockers can somehow play with more intensity and heart than Louisville they will win.
At this point in the tourney, every single team is good or else they would not be here. Whoever has more heart and wants it more will win. The Shockers are the highest seed left and have been a great Cinderella story so far. Time to see if Wichita State can beat the best team in the Big Dance.
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