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Michigan, Syracuse and Wichita State try to shake up an already shaken season

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Louisville players react on the bench react in the final minutes of the second half of the Midwest Regional final against Duke in the NCAA college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Indianapolis. Louisville won 85-63 to advance to the Final Four. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) (The Associated Press)

The word of the season: Parity.

The team of the moment: Louisville.

For a college basketball season in which anybody could beat anybody, Rick Pitino's Cardinals have certainly cemented themselves as prohibitive front-runners now that there are only four teams left. They head to Atlanta listed as 3-5 favorites in Las Vegas, after dispatching everyone from Duke to North Carolina A&T with equal ease on their way to the Final Four.

Trying to stop them will be Michigan, Syracuse and Wichita State — a pair of No. 4 seeds and a No. 9, all serving as great examples of how difficult it was to sort out the contenders from the pretenders heading into the 2013 version of March Madness.