The No. 1 Louisville Cardinals beat the No. 9 Wichita State Shockers in the Final Four and will be playing in the 2013 NCAA Tournament championship game. However, Louisville’s Gorgui Dieng could not manage a single point in the contest. What will his impact be against the No. 4 Michigan Wolverines be?
Hopefully for the Cardinals sake, Dieng will have a huge impact in the game. Although Mitch McGary is a strong force on both sides of the ball for Michigan, the Wolverines are not known for their post game. That is where Dieng needs to come in.
Dieng was non-existent against Wichita State on the offensive side of the ball. He took one shot and he missed. However, he did have six rebounds and two blocked shots.
Before the Final Four, Dieng was averaging 11 points per game and only missed the 10-point mark once, which came in the first game of the tourney for the Cardinals. If Dieng does not shoot more and is not more of a threat on the offensive side of the ball in general, Louisville is going to lose.
However, I imagine that Dieng will get the ball right off the bat so that Louisville can try to create an inside presence early. If not, McGary will gladly do this for Michigan. Dieng is a very good player on both sides of the court and he will have a big impact in this game. Don’t count on him not scoring a single point in consecutive games because it is not going to happen.