Previews for Sunday’s NCAA Elite Eight games
03/30/2013 3:14 PM
05/20/2014 10:41 AM
At Arlington, Texas
No. 4 Michigan vs. No. 3 Florida, 1:20 p.m. CBS
• The Wolverines did the impossible Friday, rallying from 10 down with fewer than three minutes remaining to knock out top-seeded Kansas in overtime, and Trey Burke was the hero, scoring all 23 of his points after halftime. The 28-footer with four seconds left in regulation stands as one of the biggest shots in the program’s history. The other star was freshman forward Mitch McGary, who got most of his 25 points and 14 rebounds against KU’s Jeff Withey. Now comes another big test. Southeastern Conference champion Florida used a rugged defense to cool off 15th-seeded Florida Gulf Coast and got enough scoring from Mike Rosario (15 points). The Gators scored 16 points off of 20 Eagles’ turnovers. The Wolverines beat a Kansas team that leads the nation in field-goal percentage defense, and it will face another great defensive team in Florida.
Florida 70-65MIDWEST REGION
No. 2 Duke vs. No. 1 Louisville, 4:05 p.m. CBS
• The only regional that has its top two seeds playing for a Final Four berth, and a case can be made these are the top two teams remaining in the tournament. The Cardinals held off pesky Oregon on Friday with guard Russ Smith, despite struggling with a virus, scoring 31. Big East champion Louisville has won 13 straight. Duke pulled away from Michigan State with Seth Curry scoring 29. The Blue Devils also made 24 of 26 free throws. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski meets Louisville’s Rick Pitino in a game for the first time in the NCAA Tournament since 1992, when Pitino coached Kentucky and the Blue Devils won on Christian Laettner’s last-second shot in the East Regional final. Recent history is more pertinent. Duke beat Louisville in November 76-71 in the title game of the Battle 4 Atlantis in The Bahamas. Quinton Cook was the tournament’s MVP. The Cards played without shot-blocking specialists Gorgui Dieng, who was nursing a wrist injury.
•Pick: Louisville 77-72