The NCAA Men’s Basketball National Semifinals provided great entertainment on Saturday night. The first game featured number one overall seed Louisville against huge underdog Wichita State. The Shockers gave Louisville all they could handle, taking a one point lead at halftime and getting up by as much as 12 points in the second half. However, Russ Smith and Louisville kept their composure and came back to win a thrilling matchup 72-68. Wichita State’s cinderella run is over, and now Louisville will attempt to make it back to back championships for the number one overall seed, and third overall (2007 Florida, 2012 Kentucky). The second matchup did not disappoint either. Michigan attacked the Syracuse zone, and despite a rough game from Trey Burke, were able to hold off a late Syracuse run to reach the title game for the first time in 20 years. Tim Hardaway Jr., Glenn Robinson III, and Mitch McGary led the way while the usual stars for Syracuse – James Southerland, Brandon Triche, Michael Carter-Williams – had very disappointing nights. Michigan vs. Louisville in the national championship should be one heck of a game. Louisville will most likely be favored, but I expect a tight matchup in this one. Trey Burke vs. Peyton Siva and Mitch McGary vs. Gorgei Dieng will be must watch matchups in this one. Overall, Michigan has impressed me more in this tournament so I am actually going to predict the upset. Michigan wins it 65-61.
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