The 2013 NCAA Tournament is down to just eight teams. What started out as a tournament of 68 schools has been filled with upsets, game-winning shots and heartbreak. On Saturday, two teams will punch their ticket to the Final Four in Atlanta.
No. 3 seed Marquette vs. No. 4 seed Syracuse, 4:30 p.m. ET, CBS
The first game of the day will pit a couple of Big East teams against each other one final time. Syracuse is set to become the newest member of the ACC, while Marquette will be one of the founding members of the Catholic 7. Given the history between these two programs, we could be in for a brawl in Washington D.C.
One of the more interesting dynamics to keep an eye on will be if the Golden Eagles can score against Syracuse's vaunted 2-3 zone. Marquette does not shoot the ball well, which means they have to attack the rim and get out on the fast break to score most of their points. If the Orange take care of the ball on their offensive end, it may be tough for MU to find points down the stretch.
In their lone meeting of the season, Marquette won at home, 74-71, in late February.
No. 2 seed Ohio State vs. No. 9 Wichita State, 7:05 p.m., CBS
The nightcap will feature one powerhouse program and a Cinderella team looking to continue their unexpected run. The Buckeyes are arguably the hottest team in the country, winning the Big Ten Tournament during their current 11-game winning streak. A late three-pointer from LaQuinton Ross sent OSU to the Elite Eight in thrilling fashion over Arizona on Thursday night.
Wichita State wasn't given much of a chance against Pittsburgh in the second round. They dominated. The Shockers were then big underdogs against top-seeded Gonzaga, yet they marched on in Salt Lake City. On Thursday night, they blew out La Salle to continue what was been a remarkable season for head coach Gregg Marshall.
Ohio State will be the biggest challenge thus far for Wichita State. They dig in on defense, and slowing down Ross, Aaron Craft and Deshaun Thomas will be a real challenge for WSU. If they can limit turnovers and hit a couple of shots late in the second half -- something Arizona wasn't able to do -- the Shockers could move on to the Final Four.
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