No. 1 Louisville Cardinals Region:
Big East Coach:
Rick Pitino Record:
d. No. 16 North Carolina A&T 79-48, d. No. 8 Colorado St. 82-56, d. No. 12 Oregon 77-69, d. No. 2 Duke 85-63Starting lineup
|G||Peyton Siva||6-0, 185||So.|
|G||Russ Smith||6-0, 165||Jr.|
|F||Wayne Blackshear||6-5, 230||Fr.|
|F||Chane Behanan||6-6, 250||Fr.|
|C||Gorgui Dieng||6-11, 245||Jr.|
1The Cardinals are the top seed of the tournament and the only No. 1 seed to advance past the Sweet 16. Notable:
Louisville is making its 10th trip to the Final Four, looking for its first national championship since 1986 and third overall.
The Cardinals finished tied with Georgetown and Marquette for the Big East regular-season title and defeated Syracuse in the conference tournament championship.
Louisville has won 14 straight games and hasnt lost since Feb. 9 when it was defeated 104-100 in five overtimes at Notre Dame.No. 9 Wichita State Shockers Region:
Missouri Valley Coach:
Gregg Marshall Record:
d. No. 8 Pittsburgh 73-55, d. No. 1 Gonzaga 76-70, d. No. 13 La Salle 72-58, d. No. 2 Ohio State 70-66Starting lineup
|G||Malcolm Armstead||6-0, 205||Sr.|
|G||Ron Baker||6-3, 218||Fr.|
|G||Tekele Cotton||6-2, 202||So.|
|F||Cleanthony Early||6-8, 215||Jr.|
|F||Carl Hall||6-8, 238||Sr.|
8.1The Shockers own the seventh-best rebound margin in the country at plus-8.1, tops among Final Four teams. Notable:
Wichita State is making its second trip to the Final Four in school history and the first since 1965, looking for its first title.
The Shockers finished second in the Missouri Valley Conference regular season and lost in the conference tournament championship.
Wichita State is the first No. 9 seed to reach the Final Four since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985.No. 4 Michigan Wolverines Region:
Big Ten Coach:
John Beilein Record:
d. No. 13 South Dakota St. 71-56, d. No. 5 VCU 78-53, d. No. 1 Kansas 87-85 (OT), d. No. 3 Florida 76-56Starting lineup
|G||Trey Burke||6-0, 190||So.|
|G||Tim Hardaway Jr.||6-6, 205||Jr.|
|G||Nik Stauskas||6-6, 190||Fr.|
|F||Glenn Robinson III||6-6, 210||Fr.|
|F||Mitch McGary||6-10, 250||Fr.|
1.55The Wolverines are the most efficient offensive team in the nation, with a turnover to assist ratio of 1.55. Notable:
Michigan punched its ticket to the Final Four for the seventh time and is looking for its first national title since 1989, second overall.
The NCAA only recognizes five Final Four appearances after vacating consecutive title game appearances in 1992-93.
The Wolverines finished tied for fourth with Wisconsin in the Big Ten regular-season standings and lost in the conference tournament semifinals.No. 4 Syracuse Orange Region:
Big East Coach:
Jim Boeheim Record:
d. No. 13 Montana 81-34, d. No. 12 California 66-60, d. No. 1 Indiana 61-50, d. Marquette 55-39Starting lineup
|G||Michael Carter-Williams||6-6, 185||So.|
|G||Brandon Triche||6-4, 210||Sr.|
|F||C.J. Fair||6-8, 215||Jr.|
|F||James Southerland||6-8, 215||Sr.|
|F||Rakeem Christmas||6-9, 242||So.|
45.8The Orange are limiting opponents to 45.8 points per game in the tournament. Notable:
Syracuse is taking its fifth trip to the Final Four looking for its first national title since 2003 and second overall.
The Orange finished fifth in the Big East regular-season standings and lost to Louisville in the conference tournament championship game.
Syracuse won only one of its final five regular-season games, losing twice to Georgetown, which lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Jarret Johnson
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