There is a lot at stake for the No. 1 Louisville Cardinals in the Final Four against the No. 9 Wichita State Shockers.
Other than the fact that the winner will make it to the national championship game, Louisville has the most pressure out of all four teams to advance to the next and final round.
The Cardinals entered this tourney as the No. 1 overall seed. They are arguably the best team in the 2013 NCAA Tournament and they will be going up against this year’s Cinderella in Wichita State.
Louisville made it this far last season and no further. No team wants to lose two Final Fours in consecutive years, especially when that team basically has the same players that it did the previous season.
The injury of Kevin Ware put a spark on this team–which is awesome and this has been one of the greatest things seen in sports– but when Louisville says that it is going to win for Ware, it better win for Ware. The letdown of losing would be way too much for this team.
Not to mention, losing to a No. 9 seed–especially in the Final Four–is something that No. 1 seeds aren’t supposed to allow.
Wichita State is a great team or else it would not have made it this far, but the Shockers are huge underdogs coming into this game. Louisville has won 14 games in a row, it won a share of the Big East regular season title and it also won the Big East tourney.
With a victory in the Final Four and in the national championship game, Louisville could possibly be a part of one of the greatest sports stories of all time. With a loss in today’s game, the Cardinals also have a chance to make history, but not in a good light. The lowest seed to ever win the Big Dance was a No. 8 seed. Wichita State is a No. 9 seed.