Six teams remain, four of those 40 minutes from the Final Four.
It feels like the NCAA tournament just started, but we've already gone through 62 games and seen 62 teams end their season. By Sunday night, we will have our quartet that heads to Atlanta to vie for a national championship. To get you through the rest of the Elite Eight, here is everything you need to know and a review of what you've seen.
The idea that Florida Gulf Coast could potentially make the Final Four was a tremendous story, but this is a must-watch Elite Eight game. Michigan seems freed from the shackles of the Big Ten, playing far more free and loose than it did during the regular season. The Wolverines dispatched South Dakota State and VCU in impressive fashion, then had a tremendous comeback to knock off Kansas in the Sweet 16. Meanwhile, Florida's inability to win close games hasn't been an issue yet, as the Gators had no problems with Northwestern State or Minnesota, then pulled away down the stretch against FGCU.
The key matchup on Sunday is going to be Scottie Wilbekin vs. Trey Burke. Wilbekin is the best perimeter defender on Florida, and he's now facing a Trey Burke who is coming off one of the better late-game performances in recent tournament history. For Michigan, the Wolverines need to defend the arc and make Florida take contested shots inside the arc.
The two best teams left in the NCAA tournament will face off in the Elite Eight -- and it should be a tremendous showdown. Louisville has looked dominant in the dance, cruising past North Carolina A&T, Colorado State and Oregon without breaking too much of a sweat. Duke has looked like a title contender several times in the tournament, beating Albany and Creighton, and then locking down in the second half against Michigan State. I mean, it's Rick Pitino vs. Mike Krzyzewski for the right to go to the Final Four -- what more could you ask for?
When these two teams played earlier this season, Louisville was without Gorgui Dieng -- and the Cardinals only lost by five. Dieng vs. Mason Plumlee will be a major key, as both players need to stay out of foul trouble and contribute in the paint. Can Chane Behanan follow Ryan Kelly on the perimeter? Can Quinn Cook handle the Louisville press consistently? And who guards Russ Smith? This is going to be a classic.
West final -- Wichita State 70, Ohio State 66: Malcolm Armstead scored 14 points, Cleanthony Early and Fred Van Vleet 12 apiece and Tekele Cotton 10 as the Shockers pulled the, well, shocker over the second-seeded Buckeyes in Los Angeles.
The Shockers made history by becoming the second nine seed to reach the Final Four, holding off a furious Ohio State comeback in the final minutes. The Buckeyes got 21 points from Deshaun Thomas.
Wichita State, in its second Final Four (the first was 1965), plays Sunday's Louisville-Duke winner at Atlanta. | WSU-OSU recap
East final -- Syracuse 55, Marquette 39: James Southerland scored 16 points and Michael Carter-Williams added 12 points and 12 boards as the Orange limited Marquette to 23 percent shooting (12 of 53) at Washington, D.C.
Syracuse plays the winner of Sunday's first game, the South Regional final between Michigan and Florida. | Syracuse-Marquette recap