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Kentucky Holds Off Carolina, Earns Final Four Trip 14

Posted: March 27, 2011 11:29 PM ; Updated: March 28, 2011 12:08 PM

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Kentucky spent 13 straight springs watching other schools play in the Final Four, a destination college basketball's winningest program considers its birthright.

At most places, that's hardly a drought.

In the Bluegrass, it's a lifetime.

Now coach John Calipari and the Wildcats are two wins away from a national title. Finally.

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VCU Shocks Kansas to Make Final Four 18

Posted: March 27, 2011 11:26 PM ; Updated: March 28, 2011 12:09 PM

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Move over, Butler. Virginia Commonwealth is crashing the Final Four.

Two weeks ago, the 11th-seeded Rams so doubted they would get a NCAA tournament invite that they watched Cartoon Network and went out for burgers instead of watching the selection show. Now, all of America will be watching them in the Final Four.

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UConn Headed to Final Four After Topping Arizona 5

Posted: March 26, 2011 10:57 PM ; Updated: March 27, 2011 1:08 PM

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Jim Calhoun could scarcely watch when the most improbable postseason run of his coaching life at Connecticut came down to an open 3-point attempt by Arizona's Jamelle Horne.

The shot clanged off the back rim. The clock hit zeros.

Nine victories in just 19 days. Calhoun has seen just about everything, but nothing like this - and now his Huskies will keep running all the way to Houston.

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Butler Beats Florida in OT to Return to Final Four 2

Posted: March 26, 2011 7:55 PM ; Updated: March 27, 2011 1:07 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Of course Butler erased a late deficit. Of course the Bulldogs hit a clutch 3-pointer late in overtime. Of course they're going back to the Final Four.

This is the Butler Way.

Shelvin Mack scored 27 points, including five in overtime, and Butler reached the Final Four for the second year in a row with a 74-71 victory over Florida on Saturday.

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VCU Knocks Off Florida State in Overtime

Posted: March 26, 2011 12:43 AM ; Updated: March 27, 2011 1:05 PM

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- A few years ago, George Mason showed that a No. 11 seed from an unheralded conference can make it to the Final Four. Now league rival Virginia Commonwealth is on the verge of topping that - taking a No. 11 seed from the First Four to the Final Four.

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Knight's Shot Upends Top Seed Ohio State 3

Posted: March 26, 2011 12:06 AM ; Updated: March 27, 2011 1:10 PM

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Ohio State roared through the regular season, the Big Ten tournament and two rounds in the NCAA tournament as a swashbuckling juggernaut riding the talents of freshman star Jared Sullinger and torrid outside shooting to romp after romp.

Kentucky's frantic defense slowed the Buckeyes down, then coolhanded Kentucky guard Brandon Knight sent Sullinger and company home early.

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Butler Beats Wisconsin, Heads Back to the Elite Eight 2

Posted: March 25, 2011 12:46 AM ; Updated: March 25, 2011 11:06 AM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Matt Howard started squirming.

After looking so composed while making the clutch plays Butler needed to pull off another NCAA tournament upset, Howard seemed uncomfortable talking about his leading role in the game.

"I don't know if that's best for me to say," Howard said after his 20-point, 12 rebound performance lifted the Bulldogs to a 61-54 triumph over Wisconsin on ThMore »

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