Widely assailed as unworthy of inclusion into the NCAA Tournament, Virginia Commonwealth has put together a magical run to the Final Four where they will face Cinderella-veteran Butler.
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Two of college basketball's all-time Cinderellas square off in the Final Four. Butler was here last season, advancing to the title game against Duke and eventually losing as Gordon Heyward's half-court heave rimmed out. VCU is making their first-ever Final Four appearance. Video preview courtesy of Youtube and FOXSports.
VCU defeated the number-one seeded Kansas Jayhawks 71-61, sending the Jayhawks to defeat before the Final Four for the second consecutive year. VCU got off to a red-hot start and never looked back, coasting to a win behind Jamie Skeen's 26 points and 10 rebounds.
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VCU, one of the darlings of a surprisingly upset-filled tournament, beat one of their Cinderella compatriots Florida State, 72-71. Joey Rodriguez was once again the mastermind of the Rams' attack, including a game-winning assist off an inbounds pass to Bradford Burgess with 7.1 seconds left.
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Though many questioned them, VCU is making quite a statement in the NCAA Tournament. On Sunday, VCU faced another big conference team, Purdue. The Boilermakers had been a dominant regular-season team, going 14-4 in the rugged Big Ten. And they fell to the Rams as quickly as the Hoyas had. Guard Joey Rodriguez led the Rams with 12 points and 11 assists and keyed a balanced Rams attack that had six players in double-figure scoring.
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The CAA's VCU Rams, condemned for not being worthy of inclusion in the NCAA Tournament, defeated the Big East's Georgetown Hoyas 74-56. Georgetown had lost much of its midseason swagger and the Rams won going away behind 12 three-pointers.
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VCU defeated USC in the First Four, 59-46. The Rams held the Trojans to one field over the last nine minutes of the game to advance to play Georgetown.