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2011 Final Four Is Set

The 2011 Final Four is set.  I don’t know who in their right mind could’ve actually seen this group of teams making it to Houston.  Each squad has a very interesting storyline.

Only two people in ESPN.com’s Bracket Challenge accurately predicted that VCU, Butler, Kentucky, and UCONN would make it to the Final Four.  I can’t believe that anybody predicted this combination.  Come on.  VCU?  An 11-seed that didn’t even belong in the tournament?  Hats off to those two dorks.

VCU is the dark horse of the tournament.  They barely snuck in and went on a very improbable run to the Final Four.  Butler also went on a very improbable run after losing its best player, Gordon Hayward, to the NBA after last season’s championship game loss to Duke.

How astounding is it that VCU and Bulter both made it to the Final Four?  There were plenty of people who predicted VCU to lose to USC, and Butler to lose to Old Dominion.  Those weren’t Elite 8 showdowns or anything.  Those were the first games that VCU and Butler played in the tournament.

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Kentucky beat the #1 overall seed, Ohio State, and #2 seeded North Carolina to make it to Houston.  Kentucky lost five 1st-round NBA picks, including four freshmen, from last year’s team including John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins.

UCONN finished 9th in the Big East this season.  They were 9-9 in Big East play and 30-9 this season.  The Huskies went on an improbable run in the Big East Tournament by winning five games in five days.  Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lamb have continued their stellar play leading UCONN to another Final Four appearance.

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