The Louisville Cardinals (25-8) are the No. 2 seed in the Midwest Region, and will take on the No. 7 seed Michigan Wolverines (25-11). The game will be played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis at 12:10 on Sunday.
Preview: Louisville took care of business against Jacksonville State on Friday with a dominating 78-63 victory. The Cardinals are led by guard Donovan Mitchell, who averages 15.7 points per game.
Michigan squeaked past Oklahoma State on Friday with a 92-91 win in which the Wolverines shot 55% from behind the arc. The Wolverines are led by Derrick Walton Jr., who averages 15.2 points and 4.7 assists per game.
Date: Sunday, March 19
Time: 12:10 p.m. E.T.
TV Channel: CBS
Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
Announcers: Jim Nantz, Grant Hill, Bill Raftery and Tracy Wolfson
Opening Betting Line: Louisville -1, via OddsShark
According to College Basketball Reference, Louisville and Michigan have met three times, with the Cardinals winning all three contests. The most notable—and also most recent matchup took place in the 2013 national championship game, when the Cardinals defeated the Wolverines 82-76 for their third title.
Louisville has appeared in the tournament 41 times, and the Cardinals have advanced to 10 Final Fours. They have a tournament record of 75-42, and have won three national championships.
Michigan has appeared in the tournament 26 times, and the Wolverines have advanced to seven Final Fours. They have a tournament record of 52-25, and have won one national championship.
Prediction: The Wolverines are definitely hot right now, but they rely so much on the three-point shot to make up for woeful defense that I can’t see them upsetting Louisville. The Cardinals are physical and have the talent to make plays on both ends of the floor. Louisville by seven.