ATLANTA (AP) — Enough with the talk. The Final Four is under way at the Georgia Dome.
Top overall seed Louisville, with injured Kevin Ware cheering from the bench, has tipped off with surprising Wichita State in the first of two semifinal games. The nightcap features Michigan against Syracuse, a matchup of No. 4 seeds that are two wins away from winning it all.
This is the third time in 12 seasons that college basketball’s signature event has been held in Atlanta’s 70,000-seat stadium, which is normally home to the NFL Falcons. It will likely be the last, as the Georgia Dome is scheduled to be replaced a new retractable-roof stadium by 2017.
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