Well, the Final Four is set: Butler vs. VCU and Kentucky vs. UCONN.
It isn't your typical Final Four, but it definitely is why everybody calls it March Madness.
Two cinderellas playing each other against two of college basketballs most storied teams.
Many believed VCU shouldn't have been in the tournament, Butler is proving again why they are so tough to beat in March, UCONN continues to ride the momentum of the postseason and Kemba Walker, and Kentucky is playing some of the most inspired basketball that they have played all year.
So, which game should be more interesting to watch?
Well on paper, you have a No. 8 seed vs. No. 11 seed, and a No. 3 seed vs. No. 4 seed. Clearly, people would naturally be more interested in the game with the higher seeded teams (Kentucky vs. UCONN).
However, Butler-VCU should and will be the more hyped up game and here's why.
For some reason, during March Madness, people seem to fall in love with the underdog. It was Butler a year ago, and now it's VCU and Butler. Unfortunately, the clock will strike midnight for one of these cinderella teams this Saturday, but nonetheless one will move on to the National Championship, one win away.
Now, we ask ourselves the question, why not wait until the National Championship to watch the conclusion of this cinderella story? The excitement that both teams have brought onto the national spotlight of College Basketball.
The Butler Bulldogs, led by Brad Stevens, who many believe to not get back here this year because of the loss of Gordon Heyward and the fact that they just weren't the same as they were last year.
However, with the return of stars Shelvin Mack and Matt Howard, the Bulldogs have quickly erased doubts of many by knocking off opponent after opponent. It seems as though they have the determination and desire to take care of unfinished business from last year.
Stevens has done a great job of preparing his team for late game situations as all four of their games have come down to the final minute, with his leaders stepping up when it counts.
Everyone knows that a team needs a little good fortune to get as far as they have and the Pittsburgh game definitely was one of good fortune.
After committing a questionable foul with a few seconds remaining, Pitt missed the front end of the 1-and-1, Howard snatched the rebound, hoisted up a desperation shot and was fouled. He makes one free throw and Butler moves on.
Some called it controversy, a good call and some even called it karma for the foul called right before that. Anyways, Butler is in.
VCU, holy cow wow! That is the phrase many experts have used to describe their immaculate run and burst onto the College Basketball scene.
Shaka Smart, the man in the lead, and many believe to be in the running for Coach of the Year in College Basketball. With his version of "controlled chaos," his Commodores have managed to scurry off five consecutive victories in the tournament. Many experts believed that VCU didn't belong in, some didn't even have the winning their opening round game against USC just to get into the field of 64.
They have quickly silenced the doubters, and have done so in convincing fashion.
Four out of the five games, VCU has won in double digits with thrashing victories over USC, Georgetown and Purdue. Turns out their closest game was against No. 10 seed Florida State in the Sweet Sixteen, where that game went to overtime.
The game against Kansas, where many believed that VCU's magic would probably run, they still managed to dominate the majority of the game over a team many believe to be one of the most dominating teams in the country.
The barrage of three pointers that have catapulted VCU to their victories and it's made many teams at a loss for words as for why their shots keep dropping. Add that to one of the most electrifying guards of the tournament in Joey Rodriguez and you have a recipe for success.
Shaka Smart has this team playing with the confidence every underdog needs come March, and is proving to all the critics that his team belongs with the nation's elite.
America will be watching Saturday. Which cinderella team does the clock strike midnight and which keeps on rolling it's way towards a National Championship?
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