Ahead of Saturday's Final Four matchup between the Louisville Cardinals and Wichita State Shockers, we asked our coaches Fran Fraschilla and Seth Greenberg to come up with a game plan to defeat the other, with Fraschilla taking the Cardinals and Greenberg taking the Shockers.
Louisville's game plan versus Wichita State
By Fran Fraschilla
Key personnel for Wichita State:
F: Carl Hall, 6-foot-8, Sr.
Even if Hall is not 6-foot-10, he plays like it. His intensity must be matched, especially on both backboards. You cannot give him a running start to the basket and must always get a body on him. In addition, he runs hard rim-to-rim and establishes deep post position early.
Offensively, Hall's post play is all about angles, so he will try to seal up and off the lane and look for lob passes over the top of the defense. If he can't shoot over Louisville's length inside -- and he struggles with that -- he will try to overpower Gorgui Dieng or use the basket to protect his shot on the other side.
Hall can face up off the lane and make a 12-foot jump shot, but length will bother him here as well. He is a threat to drive it from that spot, but still will struggle to score over the overall size that Louisville presents.
Defensively, Hall is an active post defender. The Cardinals, I believe, will make him play in screen-and-rolls quite a bit. While the Shockers' team defense is excellent, I believe Hall could have some trouble defending the quickness of Louisville's guards out on the floor.