Final Four Preview: Wichita State vs. Louisville

Final Four Preview: Wichita State vs. Louisville

This article is part of our Final Four Preview series.

WICHITA STATE VS. LOUISVILLE

Matchup:
Louisville entered the Tournament as the overall top seed and has held serve thus far. Wichita State got into the Tournament as an at-large team from the Missouri Valley. In other words, these teams have arrived at the Final Four on different paths (though they have followed the same path in terms of their respective brackets). This game is not quite the David vs. Goliath of the 1983 Finals, but the Shockers will have to live up to their name to a greater degree to knock off their second one-seed of the Tournament. By the way, Wichita State is the first nine-seed in the Final Four since 1979 when the Penn Quakers represented the Ivy in the undercard to the Magic-Bird finals. There have been five eight seeds, three 11 seeds and no 10 seeds.

Louisville Cardinals, Midwest Region No. 1 seed

Backcourt: With all due respect to Michigan guard Trey Burke, the Cardinals' Russ Smith is the best scorer in the Final Four. The 6-foot-1 junior has scored at least 23 points in all four Tournament games, averaging 26.0 points. He aggressively attacks the basket, evidenced by his 36 free-throw attempts in the last three games. Unlike in midseason, Smith seems to be playing just under control, which causes chaos to opponents. Point guard Peyton Siva does not get as much attention as Smith because he is not a great scorer. In his four-year Cardinals career, he has not averaged double digits in points,

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Perry Missner
Missner covers college basketball for RotoWire. A veteran fantasy sports writer, he once served on the executive board for the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.
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