We are now just hours away from tip-off of the Final Four, with two games highlighting the final weekend of the 2013 college basketball season. In the first, Louisville will take on Wichita State, and in the night-cap, Michigan will square off with Syracuse, trying to become the first Big Ten team to take home a title since 2000.
In the first game of the evening, the tournament's No. 1 overall seed Louisville will open as a heavy favorite against the West Region's No. 9 seed Wichita State. The Cardinals have dominated play all postseason long, with three of their four tournament victories coming by double-digits. That includes a dominant 83-65 regional final win over Duke, to advance to Atlanta this weekend.
Meanwhile the second game of the evening will feature the only local Big Ten team remaining, when the Wolverines of Michigan take on Syracuse.
For Michigan to win, the Wolverines will rely on the play of point guard Trey Burke, who was recently named the Wooden National Player of the Year. Burke is coming off an especially strong pair of games in the regional last weekend in Dallas, where he averaged 19 points and 8.5 assists in victories over Kansas and Florida.
The winners of Saturday's games will play in Monday night's National Championship Game.