NCAA Men's Final Four 2011: Breaking Down Butler and VCU

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NCAA Men's Final Four 2011: Breaking Down Butler and VCU
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Today is the day. 

In one of the most unlikely Final Four matchups of all time, Butler and VCU will play later today for a spot in the national championship game Monday night.

Can Butler finish off what it started last season, or will VCU continue its journey from questionable selection to national champion? 

While neither was a very attractive pick to make it this far in the NCAA tourney—just looking at my bracket at this point makes my head hurt—both have shown the ability to elevate their game to meet any challenge put in front of them. They are both led by young, on-the-rise coaches who have managed to draw every speck of talent and determination out of their teams, and they both have the look of a team on a mission.

So who wins?

Unfortunately for college basketball fans, this year's NCAA tournament has proven that there is no crystal ball out there to show us who will win any game. 

But there is always a method to the madness. Let's break this game down.

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