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And then there were 4. Hold on to your seats.

By April 3, 2013 No Comments
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louisville-miss-cleoMichigan, Wichita State, Syracuse, Louisville. One of these teams will be the Men’s College Basketball National Champion for 2013. It really is anybody’s championship to win. Seriously, look at your brackets. If you have the correct Final Four, I have to believe that you are a witch and would have been burned at the stake in earlier times. You should give Miss Cleo a call to make her business relevant again. I really miss those commercials anyway.

This tournament has had it all, from upsets to buzzer beaters to questionable officiating and finally to Amanda Marcum Maxim Magazine pictures. It may seem like an unlikely group of teams in this year’s finals, but preseason polls did have three of this year’s Final Four teams in the top 10, and for a couple of weeks all four where in the top 25. Each team has had ups and downs at points this season, but what team in college basketball this year didn’t? This season has been more unpredictable that Dustin Diamond’s stint on Celebrity Fit Club.

A lot of people are talking Louisville now since they are the only # 1 seed left, but at this point I believe it is safe to throw seeding out the door and remember they were only at the #1 position in the country very briefly. The key for Louisville will be their defense because defensively, they are more fierce that a 30 something single woman with a ticking biological clock. They took a major blow losing a key substitute in Kevin Ware, but that could serve as more motivation.

Michigan is a surprise to most people, but they probably shouldn’t be. They are the only other team left that did hold the # 1 spot in the country at one time this year, and like Louisville, it was more short lived than a stick of butter in Paula Dean’s kitchen. The dangerous part about this Michigan team is their experience. In a mere 3 minutes, they made Kansas look worse than Angelina Jolie did during the Billy Bob Thorton years.

Wichita State is one of those teams that people talked highly about at the start of the season. They started off at 8-0, even made it to #23 in the AP top 25, but then they lost to Tennessee. For the rest of the regular season they where like a GED graduate, they did just enough to get by and into the tournament. Their tournament play has been a different story as their inside play has been more aggressive than Tom Cruise’s Scientology beliefs. With LaSalle and Florida Gulf Coast University gone, this #9 seeded team is the new Cinderella.

Syracuse has played their best ball all season in this tournament. Early in the season they did get as high as the # 3 spot nationally, but were pretty much mediocre in the Big East regular season. Like Wichita State, they have played with a purpose in the tournament. Their zone has had teams more confused that Jessica Simpson has ever been about Chicken of the Sea Tuna. Add in the tournament experience of coach Jim Boeheim, and the Orange have all the elements for a legitimate title run.

Love it or hate it, this is your Final Four. Anything could happen, like Wichita State making a run and winning it all. They seem may like the most unlikely to take it all, but that is the beauty of this year’s tournament. It could happen.

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John Upton is a stand up comic from Tazewell, TN. He has performed with Harland Williams, Brian Posehn, Guy Torry, Tammy Pescatelli, and many more. You can catch him on stage or at the bar watching sports at Side Splitters Comedy Club in Knoxville, TN.