34. And Then There Were Four

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April 1, 2013 by bdetienne

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From the Burtogram Sports Desk:

The Final Four is set.

Wichita State, Louisville, Michigan, and Syracuse are the four teams left standing and will head to Atlanta this weekend to determine college basketball’s champion. Each school brings a variety of storylines into the games that will be played out in detail on ESPN and various sports websites during the next few days. The matchups are interesting and should provide entertaining basketball during Saturday’s semifinal games at the Georgia Dome. Here is a little info about each school’s road to the Final Four (shout out to Wikipedia and ESPN.com for providing the information):

Wichita State Shockers (Missouri Valley Conference)
Record: 30-8

Final Four appearances: 2 (1965, 2013)

National championships: 0

How they got here: defeated Pittsburgh 73-55; Gonzaga 76-70; LaSalle 72-58, Ohio State 70-66

Louisville Cardinals (Big East Conference)

Record:33-5

Final Four appearances: 10 (1959, 1972, 1975, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1986, 2005, 2012, 2013)

National championships: 2 (1980, 1986)

How they got here: defeated North Carolina A&T 79-48; Colorado State 82-56, Oregon 77-69, Duke 85-63

Michigan Wolverines (Big 10 Conference)

Record: 26-7

Final Four appearances: 7 (1964, 1965, 1976, 1989, 1992*, 1993*, 2013)

*1992 and 1993 were vacated due to NCAA violations

National championships: 1 (1989)

How they got here: defeated South Dakota State 71-56, VCU 78-53, Kansas 87-85 (OT), Florida 79-59

Syracuse Orange (Big East Conference)

Record: 30-9

Final Four appearances: 5 (1975, 1987, 1996, 2003, 2013)

National championships: 1 (2003)

How they got here: defeated Montana 81-34, California 66-60, Indiana 61-50, Marquette 55-39

The Shockers and Cardinals will tip off at 5:09pm Saturday night on CBS; the Wolverines and Orange will follow at approximately 7:49pm, also on CBS. Congratulations to all four schools (and their fan bases) and best of luck in your games!

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