The national champion in College Basketball will come from Kentucky, Kansas, Michigan, or New York this year, as we’ve reached the Final Four for the 2013 NCAA Tournament. It’s certainly been a tournament that has taken a lot of wild turns, and been exciting to watch. The national championship game will be determined on Saturday, when the Louisville Cardinals face the Wichita State Shockers, and the Michigan Wolverines take on the Syracuse Orange.
The Cardinals and Shockers will take the floor in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta first on Saturday, tipping off at 6:05pm ET with CBS on the coverage for both matchups. This game has the only No.1 seed left in the tournament. Louisville though just so happens to be the top overall seed in the tournament. They find themselves going up against a No.9 seed, as Wichita State is only the fifth team since 1979 to be seeded at least ninth to advance to the Final Four.
To no surprise, the Shockers are in the role of the big underdog once more. They were in this position against No.1 seed Gonzaga, and No.2 seed Ohio State in the West Regional. That didn’t matter to them though.
Final Four Odds available at Bovada Sportsbook have set the Cardinals are 10.5-point favorites over the Shockers on Saturday night. This betting line is certainly appealing to take the underdog Wichita State team, who gets a double-digit margin to play around with.
For the other matchup, between Michigan and Syracuse, oddsmakers see this one being much, much closer. Whether or not that will come to pass remains to be seen. But with a betting line of two points in favor of the No.4 seed in the South Region, Michigan, over the No.4 seed in the East Region, Syracuse, it has the makings to be a great one.
Both the Wolverines and the Orange are coming off impressive performances in their Elite 8 matchups. Syracuse held Marquette to just 39 total points. On the other side, Michigan dominated a Florida team that many were high up on to not only make the Final Four,but win the national championship.
Both of these matchups have compelling storylines coming into them, so they should be fun to watch.
The favored national championship matchup is Louisville and Michigan, but let’s be honest, this tournament has not exactly gone the way many figured it would.