The Final Four is finally set. There's one No. 1 seed remaining (Louisville). There's one Cinderella team still dancing (Wichita State). There's one zone defense yet to be solved (Syracuse). And there's one team full of sharpshooters who happen to be on fire (Michigan).
Out of those four, Rick Pitino's Cardinals are the favorites to cut down the nets at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga. Not only were the Cardinals the No. 1 overall seed and consensus favorite when the tournament began but they, apparently, boast one of the foremost prognosticators in bracket land.
"I picked Wichita State to go to the Final Four. Anybody that can go into VCU and win is mentally tough," Pitino said during a conference call on Monday referring to the Shockers' win over the Rams back in November, via Kansas.com. "Wichita State is playing great."
Whether or not Pitino's bracket really had Wichita State toppling Gonzaga and Ohio State, oddsmakers rate the Shockers least likely to cut down the nets. Presumably, coach Gregg Marshall wouldn't have it any other way.
Louisville - 2/3
Louisville guard Peyton Siva celebrates after Louisville's 85-63 win over Duke in Midwest Regional final in the NCAA college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Michigan - 3/1
Michigan celebrates after a regional final game against Florida in the NCAA college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. Michigan won 79-59 to advance to the Final Four. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Syracuse - 17/4
Syracuse guard Michael Carter-Williams (1) hugs forward C.J. Fair (5) after their 55-39 win over Marquette in the East Regional final of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Wichita State - 12/1
Wichita State's Carl Hall (22) and Fred Van Vleet celebrate their team's 70-66 win over Ohio State in the West Regional final in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in Los Angeles. Ohio State's Deshaun Thomas (1) walks off at left. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
*All odds via Bovada