Basketball
The Journey Of Two Teams
By Luis Cuevas
Apr 5, 2013 - 7:16:29 PM

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Syracuse Orange
ATLANTA, GA—Wichita State University (No. 9 seed) and Syracuse University (No. 4 seed) are two teams that have sneaked into the final four. While the Wolverines and the Louisville Cardinals are making all the noise, these teams are important as well.

 

It hasn’t been an easy road for No. 9 seed Wichita State that started off the tournament with an upset against No. 8 seed Pittsburg winning that game 73-55. Their next game against No.1 seed Gonzaga was a huge upset as they won 76-70. In the Sweet Sixteen, Wichita went up against their only opponent in the tournament who has been seeded lower No. 13 La Salle, who they defeated 72-58. In the Elite Eight, they went up against No. 2 Ohio State and won 70-66 in a huge upset over a tournament favorite. The Shockers leading scorers were junior Cleanthony Early and senior Carl Hall.

 

Syracuse a No. 4 seed has had an advantage with their team being led by junior C.J. Fair and senior James Southerland. Their first game was against No. 13 seed Montana, who got destroyed. Syracuse won that game 81-34. In their next game, Syracuse faced off against No. 12 seed Cal Berkley. Syracuse won 66-60. In the Sweet Sixteen, Syracuse met their first big challenge against No. 1 seed Indiana, which they also beat 61-60. In the Elite Eight, Syracuse beat No. 3 seed Marquette 55-39.

 

Wichita State the only low seed still in the tournament will play against Louisville, the only No. 1 seed still in the tournament, on Saturday. Syracuse will play against the other No. 4 seed, The University of Michigan Saturday night.



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