Shaw Media sports copy editor Kevin Murphy picks his top sports events to watch this weekend:
MUST SEE TV
Men’s basketball: NCAA Division I tournament, Final Four, Wichita State vs. Louisville, at Atlanta, 5 p.m. today, CBS
A team from the state of Kentucky back in the Final Four with tons of talent?
That’s right, it’s the Louisville Cards. Rick Pitino, Kevin Ware and co. descend upon Atlanta and hope to push themselves into the national title game. It won’t be easy, but I expect a Louisville defense to smother the Shockers and Rockford Auburn grad Fred Van Vleet.
Men’s basketball: NCAA Division I tournament, Final Four, Syracuse vs. Michigan, at Atlanta, 7 p.m. today, CBS
Michigan sophomore Trey Burke leads the Big Ten’s last hope for a national title this season. Burke, the Associated Press Player of the Year, looks to help Michigan to a national title. The Big Ten hasn’t won a national title since 2000.
Jim Boeheim looks for the Syracuse Orange to crush those dreams and have them claim the Orange’s first national title since 2003.
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Women’s basketball: NCAA Division I tournament, national semifinal, UConn vs. Notre Dame, at New Orleans, 7:30 p.m., Sunday, ESPN
Is this de facto national title game?
UConn is in its sixth straight Final Four and Notre Dame is in its third consecutive Final Four. Notre Dame’s only loss this season was to Baylor, who was upset by other Final Four contestant, Louisville.
Notre Dame All-American guard Skylar Diggins hitting the game-winning free throws with less than a minute left in the first meeting this season, that Notre Dame won by one point. Notre Dame also won 96-87 in 3 0T and 61-59 this season.
Is the fourth time the charm for the Huskies?
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Women’s tennis, Family Circle Cup, semifinal, at Charleston, S.C., noon, ESPN2
This should likely be a pairing of the Williams sisters. As of the Round of 16, both Serena and Venus Williams were into the Round of 16.
Serena defeated No. 2 Maria Sharapova 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 at the Sony Open in Miami, Fla., last weekend, a match in when Serena dominated the latter half. Sharapova led, 3-2, in the second set and then it was Serena from there. Sharapova’s play wasn’t terrible, but Serena was so much better.
Serena’s so much fun to watch. She takes a business-like approach to the game, and ran away from Sharapova in the final. It could be fun to see another sister battle in the semifinals. The winner will likely face the winner of Caroline Wozniacki/Jelena Jankovic.
Men’s lacrosse: Hobart at Ohio State, 11 a.m. today, BTN
St. Charles North graduate Dominic Imbordino has started nine games for the Buckeyes this season.
Men’s college gymnastics: Big Ten individual event finals, 7 p.m. today, BTN
Batavia graduate Angelo Bronzino competing will help Iowa to more Big Ten titles this weekend.
College baseball: Ohio Sate at Minnesota, 1 p.m. Sunday, BTN
St. Charles North graduate and Minnesota outfielder Jake Bergren will try to lead the Golden Gophers past the Buckeyes this weekend. These will be the first three games played in the new facility, Siebert Field.
College baseball: California at Arizona, 3 p.m. Sunday, ESPNU
Burlington Central graduate Kevin Elder will be the dugout as the Wildcats look to gain momentum in the Pac-12. The Wildcats 18-11 and 3-6 in the league, which includes a three-game sweep of Utah last weekend.
• Agree? Disagree? Is someone from the Kane County Chronicle coverage area going to be on TV? Let Kevin Murphy know at firstname.lastname@example.org.