ATLANTA (AP) - More than 30 years ago, Cliff Levingston was part of a team at Wichita State loaded with future NBA talent that he believes underachieved, falling just short of the Final Four.
This year, he's been watching a motley group do just the opposite: Without a bona fide star, the Shockers are close to playing for a national championship.
There's Carl Hall, a rugged forward from rural Georgia, and Ron Baker, a small-town Kansas kid. Cleanthony Early came out of a tiny junior college in upstate New York and Ehimen Orukpe arrived from Lagos, Nigeria, by way of Three Rivers Community College in Missouri.
Together, this disparate group of basketball talents knocked off Gonzaga and Ohio State en route to Atlanta, and will try to upend mighty Louisville on Saturday night.

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Thumbnail Kentucky vs. Mississippi State Pick Is Kentucky laying too many points to Mississippi State tonight at 7:00PM ET?
Thumbnail Illinois vs. Purdue Pick Will No. 21 Purdue have any trouble at home when it welcomes Illinois to town tonight at 7PM ET?
Thumbnail Texas vs. Baylor Pick No. 6 Baylor looks to make quick work of Texas when the two meet up tonight in Big 12 action at 7PM ET?
Thumbnail Kansas vs. Iowa State Prediction Iowa State is a home underdog tonight against Kansas in Big 12 play. Are the Cyclones a good bet to cover when the teams tip-off at 9:00PM ET?
Thumbnail Syracuse vs. UNC Pick No. 11 North Carolina is a big favorite at home today when it welcomes Syracuse to town when they meet at 7PM ET.

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