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FINALS WATCH: Not since Michael Jordan

Sunday - 4/7/2013, 2:14pm  ET

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino and Michigan head coach John Beilein, left, participate in a television interview for their NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball game Sunday, April 7, 2013, in Atlanta. Louisville plays Michigan in the championship game on Monday. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

ATLANTA (AP) -- It has been 31 years since we've seen a national semifinals like we witnessed Saturday night.

The last time all three Final Four games were decided by five points or fewer was 1982. On Saturday, Louisville rallied to beat Wichita State 72-68 and Michigan held on to beat Syracuse 61-56.

It was a welcome change for anyone bored by those three regional finals last weekend that ended in blowouts.

The last time both games where that close North Carolina beat Houston 68-63 in one semifinal, and Georgetown edged Louisville 50-46 in the other. Then the Tar Heels won the title 63-62 on Michael Jordan's jumper.

-- Noah Trister --


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