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NCAA® March Madness®

Season 2011 Episode 65

Butler vs. Virginia Commonwealth

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Aired Thursday 12:00 PM Apr 02, 2011 on CBS
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Butler vs. Virginia Commonwealth
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The first National semifinal between the Southeast Region #8 seed Butler Bulldogs and the Southwest Region #11 seed Virginia Commonwealth Rams at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.
Final Score: Butler 70 Virginia Commonwealth 62

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Great for College Basketball

    8.5
    It's terrific to see two 'mid-majors' in the Final Four. I felt Butler would be just a bit better and would win, if for no other reason but their experience form 2010. Last year's team had to beat perennial Tournament power Michigan State to get to the final whereas this year's team had VCU to get past.



    After VCU established the early tempo charging up and down the court, Butler was able to reel in the game and dictated the pace most of the rest of the way. Matt Howard played a terrific game and t times willed offensive rebounds, an area in which Butler's advantage helped them carve out a nice edge in second chance points.



    It can't see Butler beating either team on Monday. Personally, I think it will be UConn and Kemba Walker and company should prove to be too strong. I'm not sure this year's final be as compelling as last year's was. Let's hope it is.moreless
  • 4/2

    6.0
    The two cinderella stories of this tournament collided as Butler, coached by the 37 year old Brad Stevens, faced VCU, coached by the 33 year old Shaka Smart. Matt Howard and Shelvin Mack could very well be drafted because of their performance in this tournament, whereas Skeen and Rodriguez became household names because of VCU's run.



    The battle of the underdogs was not as good as it could have been, but it was still a fun little game. I think Butler's experience from last year's tourney came into play a bit here, but I also think that VCU simply ran out of gas at the worst possible time. They couldn't connect on their threes and let the Bulldogs get far too many offensive rebounds.



    Oh well, here's to hoping Butler does not win in the Championship for the second straight year.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Final Score
      Butler 70 Virginia Commonwealth 62

    • Head Coaches:
      Butler: Brad Stevens
      Virginia Commonwealth: Shaka Smart

    • This was Virginia Commonwealth's first Final Four appearance.

      This was Butler's second Final Four appearance, and second in two years.

    • This is the first time that a National semifinal featured two teams seeded eighth or lower. With a #8 seed facing a #11 seed, the total of 19 is also the lowest combined seeding total in Final Four history. The previous low was 14, which occurred twice. The first was in 1980 with #6 Purdue facing #8 UCLA and the second in 2006 with #3 Florida facing #1 George Mason.

    • Virginia Commonwealth becomes only the third #11 seed to qualify for the Final Four. The others are the 1986 LSU Tigers and the 2006 George Mason Patriots. Both those teams lost the National Semifinal.

    • By having to have played in the First Four, Virginia Commonwealth Became the first school in NCAA Tournament history to win five games to reach the Final Four.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Virginia Commonwealth Guard Joey Rodriguez: Some of our shots didn't fall. Open shots, shots we'd been making. I think if you go back and look at the tape, you'll see some of them were in and outs. Almost felt like it wasn't supposed to happen or something.

    • Virginia Commonwealth Coach Shaka Smart: Butler was the aggressor for the majority of the game. We had our runs.

      Virginia Commonwealth Coach Shaka Smart: Of course it's not a once in a lifetime run. We're going to try to do this every year. It's not easy, there's no question about it. ... If we're capable of coming together as a group and playing aggressive, confident, loose basketball, and we have the right guys out there, it's certainly possible.

    • Butler Guard Zach Hahn: We're not going to settle on just getting back (to the Championship game). I remember the sour taste it left in my mouth last year, and I just think this group, we're here now and we have a chance. That's all you can ask.

      Butler Guard Zach Hahn: It's not one guy making plays. It's literally a collective effort; it's all 14 guys.

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