Butler University and UConn, First Teams to Reach Final FourCategory: Basketball
This is why it’s known as the March Madness. Blink… and boom! You’re out of the single-elimination tournament.
Battling with grits and wits, Butler and Connecticut survived their Elite Eight matchups with Florida and Arizona respectively to advance to the Final Four.
After five grueling rounds, teams slowly bowed down one by one until only 4 college basketball teams remain. Out of the original 68 teams all over the USA that started the March Madness, four teams stood tall above all them.
Butler and Connecticut are the first Final Four teams.
Kentucky vs North Carolina and Kansas vs Virginia Commonwealth will be battling it out for the remaining two slots.
These are the NCAA Final Four 2011 teams.
And they will be battling it out for supremacy over the right to be called the NCAA champions.
Butler and Connecticut are the first two teams with enough guts and talent to reach the NCAA Final Four 2011.
The Butler Bulldogs represents Butler University. They are the #8 seed for the Southeast Region with a 27-9 win-loss record. This is Butler’s second consecutive appearance in the Final Four after having reached the NCAA Finals against Duke last year. Butler has never won the tournament yet.
The Connecticut Huskies represents the University of Connecticut in the Big East Conference. They are the #3 seed for the West Region with a 30-9 win-loss record. The Huskies entered the year unranked and won the Maui Invitational Tournament for the second time. This is Connecticut’s fourth appearance in the Final Four. Connecticut claimed the title twice, in 1999 and 2004.
The VCU Rams represents Virginia Commonwealth University. They are the #11 seed for the Southwest Region with a 28-11 record. The team become just the third 11th seed to advance to the Final Four.
The Kentucky Wildcats represents the University of Kentucky. They are the #4 seed for the East Region with a 29-8 record. The team is the winningest in the history of college basketball, both in all-time wins and all-time winning percentage. Kentucky has played in 14 Final Fours (4th place all time), and has 10 NCAA championship game appearances (tied for second place all time with Duke), winning 7 NCAA championships (second only to UCLA all time). Its last title was in 1998, 13 years ago.
The NCAA Final Four 2011 bracket would be:
1st matchup: Butler vs Virginia Commonwealth
2nd matchup: Connecticut vs Kentucky
The 2011 NCAA Basketball Tournament will conclude with the championship game on April 4 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas, USA.
Who’s your pick?
UPDATE April 2, 2011: The first teams to reach the Final Four are the teams that will meet in the NCAA Championship game.If you want to receive my latest posts, please subscribe to my full feed RSS or have them delivered through email. Just enter your email address below and hit the Subscribe button.