NCAA Tournament: Butler, West Virginia Enter Final Four
The Butler Bulldogs have rewritten their history for the second time in less than three days. A couple of days after establishing a team record by reaching the Elite Eight for the first time, Butler edged No. 2 seed Kansas State University, 63-56, to advance to their maiden Final Four appearance.
Gordon Hayward pumped in 22 points and Shelvin Mack chipped in 16 markers to lead the scoring for the Bulldogs. Kansas trailed for most of the game, but came big in the second half, tying it at 54 with a little over three minutes remaining. However, Butler showed grace under pressure, scoring nine-straight points to erase any chance of a Wildcats comeback.
Meanwhile, West Virginia got a career-high 17 points from Joe Mazzulla to defeat top-ranked Kentucky and advance to its first Final Four appearance in 50 years. It was a heartbreaking loss for Kentucky and John Calipari, who came on board this season with the aim of improving a team that has struggled since winning the national championship in 1998.