It’s been quite a while since we’ve had a Big East vs Big Ten NCAA Tournament final, but Louisville, the only number one seed left standing, and Michigan, hoping to continue this magical and slightly surprising run they’re on since the end of the regular season, should make it one memorable game, and if you don’t know where to watch it, we’re here to help.
The Cardinals, coached by Rick Pitino (already has one national title with Kentucky in 1996), finished the Big East season with a 14-4 record, clinching a share of the regular season title. They continued their impressive run in the conference tournament, beating Syracuse in the final. In the NCAA tournament, they’ve beaten North Carolina A&T, Colorado State, Oregon, Duke and Wichita State, reaching the final for the third time, hoping to win their third national title. They have won their last 15 games, and are led in scoring by Russ Smith, averaging 18.9 points per game this season.
The Wolverines, coached by John Beilein, who has never made this far in the tournament before, finished the Big Ten season with a 12-6 record, two games behind Indiana. They lost in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament, but seem to have gotten things together entering the big dance, beating South Dakota State, VCU, Kansas, Florida and Syracuse en route to the final. It’s the school’s sixth final, winning it only once, in 1989, beating a Big East team (Seton Hall). Their top scorer is national player of the year, Trey Burke, averaging 18.5 points per game.
Where to Watch – Firstrow offer this link, and usually put up more when it gets closer to game time. VIPBox usually offer stronger and higher quality in their links, with this one recommended to use. Another often reliable option is LiveTV.ru, offering a link that usually comes up just before game time.