Two of Final Four Decided: Butler, UConn

Can Virginia Commonwealth join them tomorrow?
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 26, 2011 8:47 PM CDT
Butler Returns to Final Four Again, Along With UConn
Connecticut's Alex Oriakhi, far left, with his teammates Kemba Walker, center, and Donnell Beverly, right, celebrate.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Of course Butler erased a late deficit. Of course the Bulldogs hit a clutch 3-pointer late in overtime. Of course they're going back to the Final Four. This is the Butler Way. Shelvin Mack scored 27 points, including five in overtime, and Butler reached the Final Four for the second year in a row with a 74-71 victory over Florida today. "I don't know that any other mid-major has ever done this," said Butler's Zach Hahn. "It's hardly happened once, let alone twice. It's an unbelievable feeling."

UConn will be joining them in the semifinals. Kemba Walker scored 20 points, freshman Jeremy Lamb added 19, and Connecticut earned its second Final Four berth in three years, beating Arizona 65-63 to win the West regional. The final two teams will be decided tomorrow when big underdog Virginia Commonwealth takes on Kansas and North Carolina plays Kentucky. (More Butler University stories.)

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