Final Four Recap

#9Wichita St. (30-8) 64
#1Louisville (33-5) 73

If you've caught any of the 2013 NCAA Tournament on television, chances are a lower-third graphic has caught your eye. Broadcasters have highlighted, on more than one occasion, that basketball games are consistently a "game of runs." Both squads trying to fight through scoring droughts, while their opponents shoot the lights out. Such is the case in our simulated National Semifinal between Louisville and Wichita State.

As they did against Ohio State, the Shockers came out hot in the first half. Trailing 8-4 in the game's early action, WSU rattled off a 14-2 run, capped off by a Cleanthony Early three-pointer and one, to knock the Cardinals on their heels. The 18-10 lead grew to a 10-point cushion halfway through the first 20 minutes. Rick Pitino's crew would not be pushed off the court, however. Louisville closed within two, 38-36, when Luke Hancock knocked down two free throws with 90 seconds remaining in the first half.

The boost of confidence didn't last long for the Cards as the Shockers caught fire in the final minute, with two three pointers and a bucket plus one, and finished the half on an 11-2 run to head into the locker room up 49-38.

Unfortunately for the Shockers, their hot shooting turned ice cold in the second half. Between 16:42 and 3:49, a stretch of nearly 13 minutes, all Wichita State could muster was a measly three points on the scoreboard. The scoring drought opened the door for top-seed Louisville, who gladly snapped off an 11-0 run midway through the second half to take a 57-56 lead. They never trailed again, holding the Shockers to 15 points in the second half.

The Cardinals win 73-64 over Wichita State to advance to the National Championship.

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Wichita St.

Player MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A REB AST BLK STL TO PF TP
Malcolm Armstead*364-82-42-264003212
Ron Baker*340-50-30-06202230
Cleanthony Early*325-151-54-640413315
Carl Hall*324-100-01-38100339
Tekele Cotton*284-81-33-462131212
Fred Van Vleet243-71-14-443002311
Chadrack Lufile50-10-00-02000000
Ehimen Orukpe51-20-01-22000103
Jake White41-10-00-01000112
TOTALS 200 22-57 5-16 15-21 39 12 5 6 16 17 64
    38.6% 31.3% 71.4%              

Louisville

Player MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A REB AST BLK STL TO PF TP
Peyton Siva*333-60-11-25701237
Russ Smith*329-124-43-324021225
Gorgui Dieng*315-90-02-484612412
Montrezl Harrell314-80-02-230111210
Chane Behanan*272-60-01-26002215
Wayne Blackshear*194-92-50-011011210
Luke Hancock171-30-12-22201124
Stephan Van Treese100-00-00-01001000
TOTALS 200 28-53 6-11 11-15 28 18 7 10 10 16 73
    52.8% 54.5% 73.3%              
* - denotes game starter
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