The 2013 Final Four will tip off in approximately 24 hours, with a new champion being crowned by Monday night.
Louisville is the clear title favorite, while Wichita State is the obvious underdog, with the Syracuse-Michigan matchup expected to be a grind it out game that many critics are split upon.
Basketball aside, it’s the unique stories, fan accounts, bracket results and breakout players that really make the tournament what it is.
On the lookout to find standout stories surrounding each of the four remaining teams, the following videos jumped to the forefront (all via YouTube).
Michigan Wolverines – Nik Stauskas
Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Glenn Robinson III steal most of the headlines for the Wolverines, but it was the sharp-shooting Nik Stauskas that stole the show for Michigan in the regional final game versus Florida. Stauskas was 6 for 6 from behind the arc, scoring 22 points.
But to really see just how good of a shooter Stauskas is, check out this video, where he drains 102 three-pointers in a five-minute span. Unreal.
Syracuse Orange – 4-Year-Old Super Announcer
Here’s a Dad that is so passionate about his team, that he chose to teach and record his four-year-old son, as he announces each player on this year’s Syracuse Orange roster.
This is the perfect example of a situation that a WIFE THAT HATES SPORTS would partially see a cute video of her son, all the while cringing heavily on the inside.
This kid might just have a future in announcing. I hope this video goes viral.
Wichita State – Half Court Yes, 50K No
It’s not specific to the Shockers, but the story comes from the Missouri Valley Conference. Yes, that is the league that Wichita State plays in.
For those that missed it, a fan attending the conference tournament hit an incredible half-court shot during a contest. With one problem, he later finds out that he missed out on the $50,000 prize. Why? Well, he actually failed to hit a three-pointer during the time allowed.
Either way, under that kind of pressure, it was a miraculous shot that led to a great crowd reaction. Take this video, for example, which was taken from the stands.
Louisville Cardinals – Ware’s Top Ten List
The hands-down top story in this year’s March Madness tournament has been Kevin Ware. His gruesome leg injury was truly heartbreaking to see. Yet, Ware went on to inspire a team and a nation with his positive attitude.
Sparking off of the unfortunate incident, Ware has made all kinds of headlines. Recently, he made a brief appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman. In particular, he delivered – and was the subject of – Dave’s Top Ten list.
While fun views, here’s hoping for a Final Four that by far eclipses the entertainment value of these four videos.
Final Four 2013: Who Will WIN the National Championship?
- Louisville Cardinals (100%, 2 Votes)
- Wichita State Shockers (0%, 0 Votes)
- Michigan Wolverines (0%, 0 Votes)
- Syracuse Orange (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 2