The last No. 1 seed standing will take on the lone Cinderella team still hanging around in one national semifinal. No 1 Louisville will face No. 9 Wichita State in Atlanta, Ga. on Saturday.

The top overall seed in the tournament, the Cardinals steamrolled through their first two games by a combined margin of 57 points. After defeating No. 12 Oregon by eight in the Sweet 16, Louisville blew out Duke in the Midwest Regional Final.

After eliminating No. 8 Pittsburgh, the Shockers upset No. 1 Gonzaga in the third round and then No. 2 Ohio State in the Elite Eight to reach the Final Four for the second time in school history. Wichita State advanced to the Final Four in 1965 and was eliminated by UCLA.

”It’s been a while, so to be able to go to the Final Four and represent all of us and try to win a championship, who knows?” Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall said the win over Ohio State, via the Associated Press. ”We’ve had a lot of people support us along the way in Wichita and at the university and in our community. They’re the best fans in the world.”

Take a look at these capsule glances at the teams’ 2012-2013 seasons and let us know who you predict will reach the national championship game.

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Who Will Advance?


Regular Season Record: 27-5

Conference Record: 14-4 (Big East)

Conference Tournament Results: Won Big East championship vs. Syracuse

Top Player: Russ Smith (Guard)

Top 25 Wins: Missouri (#13), Marquette (#25), Syracuse (#12), Notre Dame (#24)

Worst Losses: Villanova (73-64)

RPI Ranking: 3

Wichita State

Regular Season Record: 26-8

Conference Record: 12-6 (Missouri Valley)

Conference Tournament Results: Lost to Creighton in MVC Title Game

Top Player: Cleanthony Early (Forward)

Top 25 Wins: Creighton (#12)

Worst Losses: Indiana State (68-55), Southern Illinois (64-62)

RPI Ranking: 37

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  • 1992: Duke vs. Kentucky – Elite 8

    With just 2.1 seconds left, Duke’s Grant Hill heaved a pass down to Christian Laettner, who was all the way at the free throw line. Laettner caught it, stepped back and swished a fade away jumper to beat Kentucky as the Blue Devils advanced to the Final four.

  • 1983: N.C. State vs. Houston – National Championship

    Tied at 52, Lornezo Charles put back Derrick Whittenburg’s air ball and dunked it as time expired to give N.C State a 74-72 victory over Houston in the 1983 National Championship game.

  • 1998: Valparaiso vs. Ole Miss – 1st Round

    In the first round, No. 14 seed Valparaiso’s Bryce Drew nailed a 3-pointer as time expired, giving the Rebels a 70-69 victory over Ole Miss.

  • 2003: Maryland vs. UNCW – 1st Round

    Down 73-72 with five seconds left in regulation, Maryland’s Drew Nicholas dribbled down the court and nailed a desperation 3-pointer to put away UNCW in the first round, 75-73.

  • 1995: Missouri vs. UCLA – 2nd Round

    Down 74-73 in the second round of the 1995 NCAA tournament, Tyus Edney of UCLA drove the ball the full length of the court and made a tough layup, leading the Bruins past Missouri and into the Sweet 16.

  • 1998: UCONN vs. Washington – Sweet 16

    Down 74-73 in the Sweet 16, Rip Hamilton of Connecticut grabbed the loose ball and hit a fade away jumper at the buzzer to beat Washington 75-74.

  • 2006: Texas vs. West Virginia – Sweet 16

    After West Virginia tied the game at 71 with five seconds remaining, Texas’ Kenton Paulino knocked down a long 3-pointer at the buzzer to beat the Mountaineers 74-71.

  • 1981: Arkansas vs. Louisville – 2nd Round

    In the second round of the 1981 NCAA tournament, U.S Reed nailed a half court shot at the buzzer, giving Arkansas the victory over the defending champs Louisville.

  • 1990: UCONN vs. Clemson – Sweet 16

    Down 70-69 to Clemson with just one second on the clock, Connecticut’s Tate George caught a full court pass, turned around and made a short jumper as time expired and Uconn won 71-70.

  • 1992: Georgia Tech vs. USC – 2nd Round

    James Forrest of Georgia Tech <a href=”” target=”_blank”>hadn’t made a 3-pointer all season. </a>With one second showing on the clock, Forrest received the inbound pass and threw up a 3-pointer. It fell right in, giving the Yellow Jackets a 79-78 victory over USC.

  • 2010: Michigan State vs. Maryland – 2nd Round

    After Greivis Vasquez and the Terps rallied to take a one-point lead with 6.6 seconds remaining, Korie Lucious nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to send Michigan State into the Sweet 16.

  • 2010: Murray State vs. Vanderbilt – 1st Round

    Trailing by one point with 4.2 seconds left, Murray State’s Danero Thomas received a pass at the top of the key and took one dribble to his right. Then he stopped, took a fadeaway jumper and nailed a game-winning buzzer beater to upset Vanderbilt.

  • 1984: VCU vs. Northeastern – 1st Round

    With his team trailing Jim Calhoun’s Northeastern squad 69-68 with two seconds remaining, VCU’s Rolando Lamb received the inbounds pass just inside the 3-point line. Lamb then turned around and threw up a quick shot and made it at the buzzer. The No. 6 Rams avoided the upset.

  • 1986: Iowa State vs. Miami (OH) – 1st Round

    With just two seconds remaining and the score tied at 79, Iowa State’s Jeff Hornacek received the inbounds pass just beyond the 3-point line. He took one dribble, turned and nailed a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer.

  • 2011: Butler vs. ODU – 1st Round

    Butler’s Matt Howard was in the right place at the right time after a desperation shot missed in the final seconds. Howard was there for the rebound and quick put-back just as time expired, giving the No. 8 Bulldogs a 60-58 win.

  • 1990: UNC vs. Oklahoma – 2nd Round

    No. 8 UNC inbounded the ball underneath the Oklahoma basket with eight seconds remaining and the score tied at 77. Rick Fox got the ball on the right wing, drove the baseline and made a running layup as time expired to knock off the No. 1 Sooners.

  • 2008: Western Kentucky vs. Drake – 2nd Round

    Trailing by one point with time winding down, No. 12 Western Kentucky’s Ty Rogers got the ball well behind the 3-point line on the right wing. He hoisted a desperation 3-pointer and hit nothing but net, ending No. 5 Drake’s season.

  • 1977: Marquette vs. UNC Charlotte – Final Four

    Marquette had to inbound the ball from under its own basket and score in three seconds to avoid overtime. Butch Lee launched a pass toward Jerome Whitehead all the way in the far paint. Whitehead recovered the deflected ball, turned around and made a layup at the buzzer to send Marquette into the championship game.

  • 2000: Florida vs. Butler – 1st Round

    Trailing by one with seven seconds remaining, Mike Miller of the No. 5 Florida Gators got the ball on the left wing. He dribbled to his right and through the lane, throwing up a running layup. It fell through the net as time expired, sending Florida to the second round.