The NCAA Final Four this year will feature a unique first. Yes, UConn and Kentucky are there, but Butler makes a return visit and has company in the form of VCU.
Butler is back in the Final Four again this year. And Virginia Commonwealth University has demonstrated more clearly than any statistical measure can reveal that they deserve all the respect major conference teams get.
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) makes its NCAA Final Four debut after a thorough drubbing of top seed Kansas Sunday. The VCU Rams will be joined in Houston by Kentucky, Connecticut, and Butler.
It’s the nature of the NCAA tournament beast. Of the 11 Big East Conference teams that made the tournament field, two remain (Connecticut and Marquette). That’s the same number of Mountain West Conference teams still competing in the round of 16 (BYU and San Diego State). The field has already lost a No. 1 seed (Pittsburgh), and sees four teams from the bottom half of the seeding still breathing (No. 12 Richmond, two No. 11 seeds: Virginia Commonwealth and Marquette, and No. 10 Florida State). Oh, and Butler’s back. Here’s our rundown of Thursday's Sweet 16 matchups. YOUR PICKS: Who do you have moving into the Elite Eight?
Butler’s Brad Stevens versus Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan. Two careers, decades apart, steeped in basketball tradition and with well-earned reputations for success. A preview of the eighth-seeded Butler Bulldogs versus number four seed Wisconsin Badgers in a Southeast Regional game tonight at the New Orleans Arena, 9:57 p.m. ET, TBS.
Reaching this point in the NCAA tournament represents a major achievement in careers that began modestly, even for Coach K.
There's been much debate ever since the NCAA expanded the field of the men's Division 1 Basketball Tournament to 64 teams in 1985. This, paired with the NCAA's decision (also that year) to introduce the shot clock, has helped make it possible for the mid-major and smaller conferences to better compete with the power conferences.
The NCAA Tournament has reached the round of 16 and there are some teams who are new to this whole affair.
With 64 of the 68 teams in the field eliminated, the NCAA Tournament lived up to its reputation in the first two weekends of play, complete with shocking upsets, heart-pounding finishes, controversies, and a school from Richmond called Virginia Commonwealth. Here’s our top list of wild and crazy finishes from the second third rounds, the Sweet 16, and the Elite Eight.
One of the most enjoyable things about the NCAA tournament – for basketball fanatics and casual observers alike – is the Cinderella story. On Thursday, Morehead State chalked up the first upset of the tournament by vanquishing No. 4 Louisville. There’s just something appealing about watching the triumph of the little guy - the team no one ever paid any attention to, never gave a chance. Or maybe it's watching the titan, the sure-thing, the team that everyone knows will win, well, not win. Here is our Top 10, plus one.