There is only one No. 1 seed remaining in this year’s tournament field and that is the field’s top overall squad.
The Louisville Cardinals advanced out a loaded Midwest Region by defeating Duke in convincing fashion on Sunday evening. The story of the game however, aside from Louisville’s victory, is the gruesome injury to sophomore guard Kevin Ware. Late in the first half, Ware snapped his right leg in half after contesting a three point jump shot. The injury occurred right in front of the Louisville bench and quickly became one of the craziest sights that you never want to see in a sporting event.
Ware was taken off on a stretcher, underwent surgery and is expected to recover just fine and to add to the inspirational story – his teammates responded and were able to present him with a regional trophy after the fact. Ironically enough, Louisville refused to cut down the nets in Indianapolis, similar to their decision after winning the Big East Tournament. The Cardinals are only aiming on cutting down the nets in Atlanta and heading into the Final Four next weekend, they are two wins shy of that exact goal.
In this contest however, they will need to get through the tournament’s Cinderella darling. The Wichita State Shockers are the highest seed to advance to the Final Four since No. 12 VCU did so in 2011 and the Shockers’ run is clearly no fluke. Wichita State controlled things against No. 2 Ohio State in the regional semifinal and certainly can provide Louisville with a true test in this Final Four contest.
Is Louisville on a date with destiny or does Wichita State have some more magic left in the tank?
We will find out on Saturday.