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(1) Illinois Fighting Illini (36-1) vs. (4) Louisville Cardinals (33-4)
Date: Saturday
Time: TBA
TV: CBS


(1) Illinois Fighting Illini (36-1)
Rd. 1 - (1) Illinois defeated (16) Fairleigh Dickinson 67-55
Rd. 2 - (1) Illinois defeated (9) Nevada 71-59
Sweet 16 - (1) Illinois defeated (12) Wisconsin-Milwaukee 77-63
Elite 8 - (1) Illinois defeated (3) Arizona 90-89, OT

Probable Starting Lineup:


Guard Dee Brown:
Game 1 vs. Fairleigh Dickinson - 19 pts, 7-10 FG, 1 board, 2 assists
Game 2 vs. Nevada - 2 pts, 0-4 FG, 4 boards, 5 assists
Game 3 vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee - 21 pts, 7-12 FG, 5-8 3PT, 2 boards, 2 assists, 2 steals
Game 4 vs. Arizona - 15 pts, 6-14 FG, 3-8 3PT, 5 boards, 7 assists, 3 steals

Guard Deron Williams:
Game 1 vs. Fairleigh Dickinson - 8 pts, 3-8 FG, 2 boards, 6 assists, 2 steals
Game 2 vs. Nevada - 15 pts, 4-9 FG, 4 boards, 10 assists
Game 3 vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee - 21 pts, 8-12 FG, 3 boards, 8 assists, 1 steal
Game 4 vs. Arizona - 22 pts, 8-15 FG, 5-9 3PT, 3 boards, 10 assists, 1 steal

Guard Luther Head:
Game 1 vs. Fairleigh Dickinson - 13 pts, 4-15 FG, 1 board, 5 assists, 1 steal
Game 2 vs. Nevada - 14 pts, 5-9 FG, 2 boards, 6 assists, 2 steals
Game 3 vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee - 12 pts, 5-15 FG, 1 board, 6 assists, 2 steals
Game 4 vs. Arizona - 20 pts, 7-18 FG, 5-12 3PT, 3 boards, 2 assists, 4 steals

Forward Roger Powell:
Game 1 vs. Fairleigh Dickinson - 5 pts, 2-4 FG, 3 boards, 1 assist, 2 steals
Game 2 vs. Nevada - 5 pts, 2-7 FG, 3 boards, 0 assist, 2 steals
Game 3 vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee - 12 pts, 5-11 FG, 9 boards, 1 assist, 1 steal
Game 4 vs. Arizona - 16 pts, 6-11 FG, 1-3 3PT, 5 boards (4 Off), 0 assists, 0 steals

Forward James Augustine:
Game 1 vs. Fairleigh Dickinson - 11 pts, 2-5 FG, 15 boards, 0 assists, 0 steals
Game 2 vs. Nevada - 23 pts, 9-11 FG, 10 boards, 0 assists, 4 steals, 2 blocks
Game 3 vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee - 11 pts, 3-3 FG, 10 boards, 0 assists, 0 steals
Game 4 vs. Arizona - 4 pts, 1-3 FG, 6 boards, 1 assist, 2 steals

Bench:
Jack Ingram
Nick Smith
Rich McBride
Warren Carter
Shaun Pruitt
Fred Nkemdi


(4) Louisville Cardinals (33-4)
Rd. 1 - (4) Louisville defeated (15) LA Lafeyette 68-62
Rd. 2 - (4) Louisville defeated (5) Georgia Tech 76-54
Sweet 16 - (4) Louisville defeated (1) Washington 93-79
Elite 8 - (4) Louisville defeated (7) West Virginia 93-85, OT

Starters:


Guard Taquan Dean:
Game 1 vs. LA Lafeyette - 12 pts, 5-13 FG, 3 boards, 1 assists, 1 steals
Game 2 vs. Georgia Tech - 14 pts, 5-8 FG, 6 boards, 2 assists, 0 steals
Game 3 vs. Washington - 19 pts, 5-10 FG, 9 boards, 2 assists, 3 steals
Game 4 vs. West Virginia - 23 pts, 8-20 FG, 7-17 3PT, 6 boards, 2 assists, 0 steals

Guard Francisco Garcia:
Game 1 vs. LA Lafeyette - 27 pts, 8-20 FG, 3 boards, 4 assists, 0 steals
Game 2 vs. Georgia Tech - 21 pts, 5-11 FG, 1 boards, 2 assists, 0 steals
Game 3 vs. Washington - 23 pts, 8-16 FG, 2 boards, 3 assists, 1 steal
Game 4 vs. West Virginia - 13 pts, 5-6 FG, 1-2 3PT, 4 boards, 8 assists, 0 steals

Forward Larry O'Bannon:
Game 1 vs. LA Lafeyette - 13 pts, 4-11 FG, 8 boards, 2 assists, 2 steals
Game 2 vs. Georgia Tech - 16 pts, 5-7 FG, 3 boards, 3 assists, 0 steals
Game 3 vs. Washington - 18 pts, 6-11 FG, 6 boards, 4 assists, 2 steals
Game 4 vs. West Virginia - 24 pts, 6-10 FG, 10-11 FT, 3 boards, 4 assists, 0 steals

Forward Ellis Myles:
Game 1 vs. LA Lafeyette - 5 pts, 1-5 FG, 9 boards, 4 assists, 1 steal
Game 2 vs. Georgia Tech - 9 pts, 2-3 FG, 8 boards, 2 assists, 1 steal
Game 3 vs. Washington - 8 pts, 2-4 FG, 13 boards, 6 assists, 0 steals
Game 4 vs. West Virginia - 9 pts, 3-6 FG, 7 boards, 1 assist, 2 steals

Forward Juan Palacios:
Game 1 vs. LA Lafeyette - 7 pts, 2-5 FG, 4 boards, 0 assists, 1 steal
Game 2 vs. Georgia Tech - 12 pts, 3-7 FG, 11 boards, 1 assists, 1 steal
Game 3 vs. Washington - 14 pts, 6-11 FG, 4 boards, 0 assists, 0 steals
Game 4 vs. West Virginia - 13 pts, 6-8 FG, 6 boards, 1 assist, 3 steals

Bench:
Lorrenzo Wade
Brandon Jenkins
Brad Gianiny
Perrin Johnson
Chris Current
Terrance Farley
Brian Johnson
Otis George
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Coming off two amazing games tonight this one should be good aswell with the winner going on to the National Championship.. Wow.. Illinois showed they have the heart of a Champion.. Louisville made a great comeback aswell.. Good job guys!! WOW WOW WOW!!!!
 

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Pan Mengtu said:
Stop always placing your favorite teams first, homer.
Uh I've been putting the higher seed first.. Why does it even matter?

This game is gonna be awesome..
 

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Pan Mengtu said:
Stop always placing your favorite teams first, homer.

Stop being a little whiny *****, *****.
 

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I have to go with my local boy Francisco Garcia. Sucks that two of my favorite players on the college level Deron and Francisco have to go up against one another. I wonder how the Illini are going to guard him or O'Bannon. Those guys are big strong guards.
 

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Although I waded up and threw away my bracket last night, I'm stickin with my original pick, Illiniois. I sure hope the two teams that played in the last 5 minutes of their games shows up instead of the teams that showed up for the 1st 20 (UL) & 35 (Ill) minutes.
 

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Wow it's pretty much impossible to top the excitement of the game we saw tonight, but this should be close. I like Illinois to take it, but it could go either way.
 

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It's hard for me to go against either team. I have a lot of respect for Coach Weber, as he's been a terrific coach since coaching Southern Illinois and I absolutely love Deron Williams, but then again at the same time I love Francisco, Taquan and Pitino. I'll be happy if either one of these teams cuts the nets down.

It's weird to watch a game and not have a rooting interest either way. That's how I felt watching WVU-Louisville yesterday. Two class teams playing on Saturday.
 

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Am I the only one who is extremely confident that whoever wins this will go on to win it all? I know it's not saying much since the odds are 50/50, but I am not confident at all in UNC, they are under achieving, and neither MSU/UK belong in the Final 4.
 

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I believe in Louisville. Go Cards!
 

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I'm so excited for this game.. I just wish Saturday would get here already..

OT: Someone else wanna make the Michigan State vs North Carolina Game Thread or should I?
 

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This was the matchup I had predicted originally, so I'll stick with my original pick, Illinois, although I'm not as confident as I was before the tourney.
 

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Does it matter who wins. Whoever wins gets the privilege of losing against the best program in college basketball hisotry UNC. They should feel honored really.
 

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Im The One said:
Does it matter who wins. Whoever wins gets the privilege of losing against the best program in college basketball hisotry UNC. They should feel honored really.
Nothin would be better to whip your cocky asses school in the National Title game.. Good luck with MSU first though..
 
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