Brackets have been broken. Wings have been consumed. The dancing on Duke's grave is just about done, and the magical spell of Florida Gulf Coast has run out. Yes, we're in the dusty aftermath, the nadir of excitement of the NCAA tournament(s) — we're in the Final Four. Because you probably didn't go to Wichita State, and because you'll probably find yourself talked out when it comes to Louisville's Kevin Ware, here's a (not particularly avid) fan's guide to the rest of the weekend in hoops:
There are still four teams still in contention in both the men's and women's tournaments. The men play on Saturday night, with the championship game on Monday, all on CBS; the women face off Sunday and Tuesday, over on ESPN.
The (Men's) Teams
Louisville (red and white), Wichita State (black and yellow), University of Michigan (blue and yellow), Syracuse (orange—that's also the team name: Orange).
The Compelling Case to Root for Syracuse: Jim Boeheim. This is actually one of the more likable Syracuse teams in a while, and Boeheim recently became the first coach to lead a team to a Final Four in each of the past four decades. Also, too, this:
The Compelling Case to Root for Louisville: Kevin Ware. Chances are you've heard about Louisville's backup guard and either seen stories about his horrific injury in the Elite Eight last Sunday, or stories debating whether or not you should watch his horrific injury, or stories about his recovery from said horrific injury. Ware is from Atlanta, and to play in the Georgia Dome for the Final Four would've been a homecoming of sorts for him. But he's there anyway, and he's doing okay. "I'll recover and I'll be fine," he said at a brief appearance at Wednesday's pre-game press conference with coach Rick Pitino. "We still got two more games to win."