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NCAA Basketball Tournament 2011: VCU's Magical Run Continues Over Florida State

When was the last time a play-in team went to the Elite Eight? That would be never. For the first time in school history, the VCU Rams have moved on to the Elite Eight and will face the Kansas Jayhawks following their dramatic victory over the Florida State Seminoles.

VCU guard Bradford Burgess had 26 points and the game-winner for the Rams. Burgess has been averaging about 14 points all season long, and VCU needed every single minute from him tonight.

Thus far, VCU has played and beaten USC (Pac-10), Georgetown (Big East), Purdue (Big Ten), and now Florida State (ACC). There were so many qualms about them reaching the tournament, and they are proving the committee made the right choice by extending the field to 68, because imagine if this team had not gotten in?

Truly a fantastic story, and coming out of the right side of your brackets, you could have two Cinderella stories battling for a chance at the National Title, but that’s getting ahead of ourselves. Both VCU and fellow Cinderella team Butler have to get past Kansas and Florida respectively, no easy task.

Will the slipper fit, or will the clock strike midnight?

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.