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Wichita, Kan., 30-8.
Nickname: Shockers. Coach: Gregg Marshall.
Conference: Missouri Valley. Bid: At large.
Region: West. Seed: No. 9.
Tournament Record: 12-10, 10 years. Last appearance: 2013.
Rebounds: Team (38.4); Carl Hall 6.9; Cleanthony Early 5.3.
Assists/Turnovers: Team (13.6/12.7); Malcolm Armstead 3.9/2.3; Demetric Williams 2.3/1.7.
3-pointers: Team (.340); Malcolm Armstead 61; Cleanthony Early 45; Demetric Williams 32; Nick Wiggins 31.
Last Ten: 7-3.
The Skinny: The Shockers built a 20-point lead on Ohio State, then managed to hang on through a nerve-racking final five minutes to pull off their latest upset. The Shockers are the second No. 9 seed to reach the Final Four since the NCAA starting seeding all teams in 1979. Louisville and Wichita State are former Missouri Valley Conference conference rivals when the Cardinals were a member of the in the 1960s and '70s. Louisville holds a 19-5 edge in the series, but the teams haven't played since 1976.
Louisville, Ky., 33-5.
Nickname: Cardinals. Coach: Rick Pitino.
Conference: Big East. Bid: Big East champion.
Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 1.
Tournament Record: 68-40, 39 years. Last appearance: 2013.
Rebounds: Team (37.0); Gorgui Dieng 10.8; Chane Behanan 6.3.
Assists/Turnovers: Team (14.6/12.6); Peyton Siva 5.8/2.7; Russ Smith 2.9/2.6.
Last Ten: 10-0.
The Skinny: Top-seeded Louisville ran roughshod through the Midwest Region, and now roll into Atlanta as the heavy favorite to win their first national championship since 1986. The Cardinals -- who, like Syracuse, are moving to the Atlantic Coast Conference -- shook off the incredible shock of Kevin Ware's injury with about 6½ minutes to go before halftime and blew out the second-seeded Blue Devils. The Cardinals have won 14 straight since a five-overtime loss to Notre Dame on Feb. 9. The Cardinals are winning by an average of nearly 22 points a game in the tournament.
Syracuse, N.Y., 30-9.
Nickname: Orangemen. Coach: Jim Boeheim.
Conference: Big East. Bid: At large.
Region: East. Seed: No. 4.
Tournament Record: 60-35, 36 years. Last appearance: 2013.
Rebounds: Team (38.5); C.J. Fair 7.0; James Southerland 5.2; Michael Carter-Williams 4.9; DaJuan Christmas 4.6.
Assists/Turnovers: Team (14.1/12.4); Michael Carter-Williams 7.4/3.4; Brandon Triche 3.5/2.7.
3-pointers: Team (.337); James Southerland 83; Brandon Triche 49; Michael Carter-Williams 35.
Last Ten: 8-2.
The Skinny: Two No. 4 seeds meet -- a first -- in the second semifinal game. The Orange are headed to their first Final Four since winning it all in 2003. Syracuse shut down Marquette 55-39 to win the East Regional. The 39 points were the fewest allowed in a regional final since the shot clock was instituted in 1986. The Orange has held their four tournament opponents to just under 29 percent from the field (61 of 211) and a paltry 15.4 percent (14 of 91) outside the arc. Syracuse leads the series against Michigan 8-5. The schools have never met in the NCAA tournament.
Ann Arbor, 30-7.
Nickname: Wolverines. Coach: John Beilein.
Conference: Big Ten. Bid: At large.
Region: South. Seed: No. 4.
Tournament Record: 47-22, 24 years. Last appearance: 2013.
Assists/Turnovers: Team (14.5/9.4); Trey Burke 6.8/2.2; Tim Hardaway Jr. 2.3/1.9.
3-pointers: Team (.385); Nik Stauskas 79; Trey Burke 72; Tim Hardaway Jr. 70.
Last Ten: 7-3.
The Skinny: Michigan is headed back to the Final Four for the first time since the Fab Five era of the early 1990s, when the Wolverines lost in back-to-back national title games. The Wolverines are led by sophomore Trey Burke, the Big Ten player of the year, and three freshmen starters. They were downright fabulous against third-seeded Florida after coming through in an improbable comeback against top-seeded Kansas in the regional semifinals.
Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press
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