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Final Four 2013: Biggest Strengths and Weaknesses

Bleacher Report takes a look at the skills and setbacks that Michigan, Syracuse, Louisville, and Wichita State will bring to the Georgia Dome on Saturday.

If you’ve made it to the Final Four, it’s pretty obvious you don’t suck. Still, the Championship Game—and your March Madness pool—has only one winner. How confidently could you call it right now?

If you’ve been keeping up with all the games, you know what Michigan, Syracuse, Louisville, and Wichita State are bringing to the Georgia Dome on Saturday—and you’re probably a little nervous about your team’s weak spots. If you’re not up on all that could go down in Atlanta, we’ve got you covered. Our partners at Bleacher Report have analyzed all the stats, and broken down the pros and cons of each Final Four team. Here are some highlights:

PROS

  • Wichita State: The Shockers rebound better than any other Final Four team.
  • Louisville: Defense. Enough said.
  • Syracuse: All five starters are 6’4” or taller, making them beasts when it comes to steals and blocks.
  • Michigan: Trey Burke is arguably one of the best players in the country. As long as the “best player” remains the “primary ball handler,” the Wolverines are in good shape.

CONS

  • Wichita State: Scorers are inconsistent. The Shockers have had six different high scorers in the last 10 games.
  • Louisville: Three-point shots aren’t too popular with this team. If the Cardinals are kept away from the basket, their shooting success may be limited.
  • Syracuse: The Orange’s shooting is off balance. Cuse’s not-so-great shooters (Brandon Triche, Michael Carter-Williams, and Trevor Cooney) attempt shots just as often as more successful shooters like James Souterlan and C.J. Fair.
  • Michigan: The Wolverines are the youngest team left in the tourney and their coach, John Beilein, has never been to the Final Four.

Click on over to Bleacher Report for the full analysis. And cross your fingers that come Sunday we don’t have another incident to add to this list of the decade’s most cringe-worthy basketball injuries.

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