|#9||Wichita St. (30-8) ||64|
|#1||Louisville (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
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
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