The Final Four for the 2013 NCAA Basketball Tournament are set, with the teams ready to go to Atlanta. Two more wins earns a national championship.
Only one of the No.1 seeds in the tournament made it to the Final Four, with the Louisville Cardinals winning the Midwest Region. The Cardinals are the No.1 overall seed in the tournament. Louisville defeated Duke 85-63 in the Elite 8 on Sunday to advance through to the national semifinals.
Of course, the big story of the game came after Louisville’s Kevin Ware suffered a broken leg that was so hard to watch, CBS actually stopped showing replays of the injury. Louisville was able to regroup after the injury to Ware, and actually used that as inspiration to win the rest of the way.
The Cardinals will meet No.9 seed Wichita State in the Final Four next weekend. Also joining these two programs will be Michigan and Syracuse.
Wichita State is just the fifth team since 1979 to be seeded at least No.9 and make it all the way to the Final Four. And it wasn’t like they lucked their way through either. The Shockers defeated the No.1 seed Gonzaga Bulldogs in the third round, and then in the Elite 8 they knocked off the No.2 seed Ohio State Buckeyes. Needless to say, Wichita State has certainly been battle tested throughout the tournament.
Michigan ran away with their game against the Florida Gators, as the No.4 seed Wolverines make their first Final Four appearance since 1993. Michigan got up early on the Gators on Sunday, and put the game out of reach, cruising to a 79-59 victory. It certainly looked a lot easier than the overtime thriller against the No.1 seed Kansas Jayhawks in the round of 16.
Syracuse is the fourth and final team in the conversation for the national championship, though they were actually the first to cement a berth in Atlanta. The Orange faced a familiar foe in the East Regional final on Saturday afternoon. Fellow Big East conference member Marquette stood in the way. Syracuse stymied the Golden Eagles with some lock down defense, allowing just 39 points.
As we look ahead to the slate of Final Four games ,which will take place on Saturday, oddsmakers have already released the latest edition of the odds to win the 2013 NCAA Tournament at Bovada Sportsbook.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Louisville is leading the way. They are the top seed, and set at -150 on the moneyline to win it all. That is a payout of $1 for every $1.50 wagered on the Cardinals to win it.
Behind the Cardinals comes Michigan. Led by guard Trey Burke, the Wolverines are set at +300, which is a 3 to 1 payout to win the national championship. Michigan likely comes in second on the list because they are favored over Syracuse, and avoid playing Louisville in the Final Four.
The Orange are paying out +425, which is over 4 to 1. Syracuse is looking for their first national championship since 2003.
Rounding things out is of course Wichita State. Oddsmakers have set the Shockers back at +1200, as they think the Cinderella run will come to an end against the No.1 seeded Cardinals.