And then there were two (people in that italian restaurant that night). If Rick Pitino can lock in this title, the god-fearing people in the commonwealth of Kentucky can finally forgive their coach.
Michigan -2 vs Syracuse
It’s a real possibility that the Wolverines sneak away with the title here, as the offensive juggernaut is firing on all cylinders. It’s no longer Trey Burke plus whoever happens to be hot; you’ve a starting lineup of guys capable of scoring in the 20′s and a newfound post presence in Mitch McGary. After hanging 166 between two elite defenses, Syracuse is going to have a tough time keeping Michigan in the ’70s. The question then becomes, can Syracuse keep up? I don’t see it, as the Orange win with D and aren’t equipped to win in a shootout. The Big Ten gets back at Jim Boeheim and the dream continues in Ann Arbor.
Louisville -10.5 vs Wichita State
The bad news for the Wolverines titles hopes is that the overall #1 seed is playing like, well, the #1 overall seed. 3 of Louisville’s wins are by 20+ and led at the half by 15 in the other before Oregon made a run to keep it respectable. While the horrific Ware injury means the Cardinals are down a player, the team may get the emotional lift it needs to make the dream a reality. Wichita State has had an awesome run but Lousville is just too good. This is a game the Shockers could keep close until the 8 minute mark, but then Louisville blow the doors open and win by 15.