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Unlikely Teams Make ‘Final Four’ Cut

March 28, 2011 by Brandon Comments Off on Unlikely Teams Make ‘Final Four’ Cut divider image

For the first time ever, the Final Four will be without a No.1 or No. 2-seeded team. In an unexpected turn of events, the ‘Final Four’ teams that will be heading to Houston for the next round of games are; VCU, Connecticut, Butler and Kentucky. The Final Four configuration for the 2011 March Madness is so unlikely that only 2 entrants out of 5.9 guessed it correctly, says the San Francisco Chronicle.

11 th-seeded Virginia Commonwealth (VCU) created the most surprise by beating out Kansas in a shocking game and making it into the Final Four. A few weeks ago, they were so sure they wouldn’t get invited to the NCAA tournament that they watched Cartoon Network and ate burgers during the selection show, reports USA Today.

“Once again we felt like nobody really thought we could win going into this game,” said VCU coach Shaka Smart. “Our guys have done a phenomenal job of putting all the doubters aside, all the people that didn’t believe in us, and going out to do their job.”

VCU will be facing 8 th-seeded Butler which upset No.2-seeded Florida with a dramatic 74-71 overtime win. This is the second straight year the team will go to the championship, states ESPN.

Kentucky will be joining the Final Four ranks for the first time since 1998, after winning against No. 1 seeded, Ohio State, widely seen as the best team in the country, with a 62-60 win, reports ESPN.

“We got Kentucky back,” forward Josh Harrellson said, according to LA Times. “And a lot of people doubted us this year. . . . A lot of people didn’t think we could be the team we are.”

Kentucky will be facing Connecticut which missed last year’s NCAA tournament, and who has a Hall of Fame coach in Calhoun and star players, Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lamb, says CBS Sports. In another tight game, Connecticut advanced to the Final Four after bumping off Arizona with a 65-63 win on Saturday night.

The Final Four games will take place from April 2-4 in Houston states the NCAA.

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