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Duke v Louisville

Motivated by a fallen teammate the Louisville Cardinals dominated the second half of the Midwest regional final en route to a 85-63 win over Duke.

Shortly before then end of the first half back-up Louisville point guard Kevin Ware sustained one of the most visibly gruesome injuries in the history of televised sports, suffering a compound fracture of his right leg. An emotional Rick Pitino attempted to gather the composure of his players with a huddle, but the impact from the injury left a noticeable silence in the arena.

The shaken Cardinals took a 3 point lead into the half but came out of the break fired up, going on a 20-4 tear led by Gorugi Dieng, Peyton Siva, and Russ Smith, as the Cardinals scored 50 points on 59.3 % shooting in the 2nd half. Smith led all scorers with 23 points, while Diva added 10 of his 16 in the second half, along with 14 points and 11 rebounds for Dieng. Mason Plumlee added 17-points and 12 boards in the losing cause for Duke.

For coach Pitino the win marks revenge from the last time one of his teams played Duke, the famous 1992 Elite 8 game where Christian Laettner sunk his Kentucky Wildcats in dramatic fashion.

The No. 1 overall seed in the tournament advances to their second straight Final Four, where they will face Wichita State in Saturday’s National Semifinal in Atlanta.

After sealing the win, the Cardinals celebrated with Ware’s 5 jersey, and opted not to cut down the mesh.

Duke v Louisville

Gregg Marshall's name should be linked to some big programs in the near future

Gregg Marshall’s name should be linked to some big programs in the near future

In a West Region that was defined by upsets and unpredictability, it’s quite fitting that a team named the Shockers emerged victorious.

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Syracuse v Marquette

It was slow, it was ugly, it was downright painful to watch at times. Syracuse doesn’t mind though, as the Orange advanced to the Final Four with another dominating defensive performance.

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La Salle v Ole Miss

A great day of college hoops continued on Sunday night with No. 13 La Salle edging No. 12 Ole Miss in another West Region thriller.

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Florida Gulf Coast v San Diego State

NCAA Tournament debutant Florida Gulf Coast University is officially the Cinderella story of 2013, and as the first No. 15 seed to ever advance to the Sweet 16, they’re one of the Cinderella teams in tournament history. Not bad for a school founded just 22 years ago and a basketball program that’s only in its second year of full Division I postseason eligibility.

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North Carolina v Kansas

If someone had told you that No. 1 Kansas would dig themselves a double digit first half deficit and get an 0-for-9 performance from star Ben McLemore against No. 8 North Carolina, you’d probably feel pretty confident in a UNC upset pick. But you’d be wrong.

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Temple v Indiana

Temple looked more than capable of sending No. 1 Indiana packing in the East Region, but some costly Owl errors and a dagger from Victor Oladipo salvaged a ton of brackets around the world.

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