Posted April 05, 2013 on AP on Fox
Louisville already had the bigger names, the better team and some unfinished business after coming up short in last year's Final Four. All Wichita State had was the cute-and-cuddly underdog angle. Now the Shockers don't even have that. Kevin Ware is everybody's favorite player since he broke his leg in gruesome fashion last weekend yet summoned the strength to encourage his teammates, and having him at the Final Four has given the top-seeded Cardinals (33-5) added motivation to claim the title that eluded them last year. ''We really want it, especially since we're back here for a second year,'' Louisville forward Wayne Blackshear said Friday. ''With Kevin going down, especially the way he did, it's just making us play harder.'' Louisville plays Wichita State (30-8) in the first national semifinal Saturday night. The Cardinals are 10 1/2-point favorites. Wichita State has one player (Carl Hall) who salvaged his career after wor...
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