VCU Stuns Kansas, Enters NCAA Final Four
Yes Virginia, the Virginia Commonwealth University Rams are going to the NCAA Final Four.
The 11-th seeded VCU Rams pulled out the biggest NCAA upset in years, crashing the Kansas Jayhawks on Sunday, 71-61, to achieve their First-Four-to-Final-Four mission. The Rams, doubted and ridiculed since Selection Sunday, have now won five times since defeating Southern California in the First Four on March 16. Four of those five wins have been by ten points or more, but none of them bigger than Sunday’s stunning win over the Jayhawks. Kansas had been expected to finally end VCU’s Cinderella run owing to the Southwest top seed’s superb form, which allowed the Jayhawks to win by at least 14 points in their first three games.
The Rams will be matched up next Sunday against no.8 seed Butler Bulldogs, who shocked no.2 Florida Gators in overtime, 74-71. The other Final Four pairing is a more conventional one, but nonetheless unexpected due to the overall performance of both teams during the season. The Connecticut Huskies nipped the Arizona Wildcats, 65-63, also Sunday to set up a match up against another pack of felines, the Kentucky Wildcats, who beat the North Carolina Tar Heels, 76-69, in the last Final-Eight match.