Commentary

Outstanding foursome left standing

Updated: March 31, 2013, 9:52 PM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

We started with 68 teams reaching for the gold trophy when the field was announced on Selection Sunday.

There are four left standing after punching their tickets to the Final Four in Atlanta.

An underdog Wichita State team is making its first Final Four since 1965. The Shockers did a great job in upsetting Ohio State, forcing Deshaun Thomas and Aaron Craft into taking bad shots. It has been a great run for the Shockers, as they've beaten Pittsburgh, top-seeded Gonzaga, La Salle and then the Buckeyes.

Syracuse is back in the Final Four for the first time in a decade. Jim Boeheim is in his fourth Final Four and is 3-0 in national semifinal games. The Orange defense has been stifling in the tournament so far, holding all four opponents to 60 points or fewer. Syracuse's foes are shooting 29 percent from the field and 15 percent from three-point range (14-of-92). That 2-3 zone is tough to adjust to.

Michigan punched its ticket with an impressive showing against Florida. The Wolverines led by as many as 25 as the Gators fell in the Elite Eight for the third straight season. Trey Burke was phenomenal as he scored 15, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out seven assists with just one turnover. My friends, this Wolverine squad has really grown up. The star of stars in the regional final was Nik Stauskas, who hit all six of his 3-point attempts and scored 22 points.

Louisville earned the final spot in Atlanta with an emotional win over Duke. Everyone was thinking about Kevin Ware's injury. Russ Smith and Peyton Siva were dominant, scoring 32 of the Cardinals' first 55 points. Rick Pitino earned his seventh trip to the Final Four. The Cardinals are the best team in the field; I picked them at the start of the season and they have won 14 in a row.

Atlanta will be rocking and rolling, as we have four exciting teams that played well en route to the Final Four.

Dick Vitale

College Basketball analyst
Dick Vitale, college basketball's top analyst and ambassador, joined ESPN during the 1979-80 season. His thorough knowledge of the game is brought forth in an enthusiastic, passionate style. Vitale also contributes columns to ESPN.com.