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It was ugly. It was gruesome. It was something nobody should have to watch play out on their television.
The Florida Gators were absolutely manhandled by the Michigan Wolverines in their Elite Eight matchup on Sunday. They opened up the game on 13-0 run and never looked back. John Beilein becomes the first Michigan man to lead the maize and blue to the Final Four since the “Fab Five” rocked the saggy shorts and black socks in the early 1990s.
Syracuse's suffocating zone defense turned Marquette's offense, one that dropped 74 points on Syracuse during the regular season, into a turnover-prone, five-pack of dazed and confused athletes.
True to its moniker, Wichita State shocked Ohio State to advance to Atlanta. The Shockers held the Buckeyes, who needed two last-second shots to even advance to the Elite Eight, to 31.1 percent shooting from the floor. The Bucks tried to chip away at their 13-point halftime lead, but ran out of time in the end.
The Louisville Cardinals may have lost Kevin Ware, but they gained some inspiration as they travel to Ware's hometown of Atlanta. Against Duke in the Elite Eight, the Cardinals caught fire from the floor and finished with a field goal percentage of 52.7 percent and a 22-point win by game's end.
Using our college basketball simulation engine, we "played" the Cardinals and Shockers head-to-head 1,001 times and Louisville came out on top 81.9 percent of the time by an average score of 73-64. We simulated the Wolverines and Orange 1,001 times and it's Jim Boeheim's crew advancing 62.3 percent of the time by an average score of 70-67.
Out of the four remaining teams, it came down to the final simulations to crown a winner. Louisville has the best chance at 56.3 percent, Syracuse at 25 percent, Michigan 11.5 percent and Wichita State at 7.2 percent.
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