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NCAA Basketball Tournament 2011: VCU Upsets Kansas, Will Face Butler in the Final Four

After starting the game down 6-0, it appeared as though VCU was completely overmatched against the bigger, faster, and stronger Kansas Jayhawks. A 17-4 run and a 14 point halftime lead really quieted that notion, as the Rams of VCU showed the country that they are for real.

This game really had a lot of similarities to Thursday’s Duke-Arizona matchup, where Arizona seemingly could not miss from three point range. Even though VCU was not big enough to compete with the Morris twins inside, they had the touch from beyond the arc, hitting nearly 50 percent of their attempts from three point range.

Kansas would not go down quietly, and made VCU work for every second of their hard earned victory by cutting the lead to as low as two points in the early stages of the second half, but the Rams were able to weather the storm and finish the game strong.

In what will be one of the more intriguing Final Four matchups you will probably ever see, the 11th seeded VCU rams will take on the 8th seeded Butler Bulldogs. These two teams were absolutely not supposed to make it to this point, but great coaching and excellent perimeter shooting have been the difference for these Cinderella stories.

Kansas had a terrible first half shooting, and that continued into the second half. They were almost 10 percent from beyond the arc, and it seemed like they simply could not buy a bucket on this day.

This will go down in NCAA tournament history as one of the most shocking upset victories. VCU, a school with 11 regular season losses and barely a fighting chance to even get into the tournament initially has done it. They have pulled off the great upset, and have stamped their name in the history books.

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