Friday, April 5, 2013

The Final Weekend, by Casey Mitchell

This is Casey Mitchell guest blogging for ST today. With only four teams remaining, tomorrow will decide who will be playing for the National Championship. In Saturday's first match up, it will be a battle between the Cinderella story and the overall #1 seed with an extra incentive to win. The Wichita State Shockers have shocked everybody on their way to the Final Four by defeating the first and second seed in their region. However, they are matched up against a very talented Louisville team who are playing excellent basketball at the moment. And if that isn't already a tough task at hand for the Shockers, the Cardinals are playing with extra passion after the gruesome injury to Kevin Ware in the Elite Eight. If you haven't seen that injury to Ware's leg yet, consider yourself a lucky human being. I just feel fortunate that they didn't show a super close up like they did to Joe Theismann, but I still couldn't stand to watch the replay later that night.
Although it would be great to see another Butler in the National Championship Game, I don't think Wichita State will be able to hang with Louisville for an entire game. But hey, next to no one thought they would even make it this far, so anything could happen.
On  the other side of the bracket, a pair of four seeds take each other on for a shot at playing on Monday. Both Michigan and Syracuse beat their region's #1 seed to get to this point. The Wolverines' Trey Burke put the team on his back against Kansas, and was able to rally Michigan to their first Final Four appearance since the Fab Five days. Burke was named the Wooden Award winner for being the most outstanding player in College Basketball. If I had a vote, I would have had him second behind Indiana's Victor Oladipo, but Burke deserves the award just as much as anybody in the country. The Syracuse Orange are going to have to keep a close eye on Burke if they want to win this game and have a chance at the championship.
I hope to see two very tough games tomorrow evening, and a set up for another great National Championship Game.

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