The Miami Heat's aggressive perimeter offense and suffocating defense collaborated to defeat the Dallas Mavericks Tuesday night, 92-84, in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
A few weeks ago, there were 68 teams. Now, only one - the University of Connecticut Huskies - stand alone as 2011 NCAA tournament champions. Along the way, there were thrills, upsets and outstanding individual performances, which this annual ritual never fails to supply in abundance.
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.
Reaching this point in the NCAA tournament represents a major achievement in careers that began modestly, even for Coach K.