NCAA Tournament History Being Made

Written March 27th, 2011 by Eric

Holy crap.

For those who have given up on basketball for the rest of the season (not that I can blame you) here’s your update on the tournament.

For the first time since the tournament increased to 64 teams, all 4 number 1 seeds failed to make the Final Four.  While we’re still waiting on the result of Kentucky and North Carolina, Virginia Commonwealth just took out the last #1 seed 71-61 for their first ever trip to the final four.  This is only the third time in history that an 11 seed has made the final four, with George Mason in 2006 and LSU in 1986 being the first two.

Congrats to Shaka Smart for succeeding with all of the chips stacked against him.  VCU is the only team to make the final four after having to win 5 tournament games.  They will next face the 8 seeded Butler Bulldogs, likely to be a fantastic basketball game.

8 Comments

  1. EricNo Gravatar
    March 27th, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    I should also add that I wonder if the national commentators will lay off of the tournament committee about the inclusion of VCU over Virginia Tech. Perhaps they knew something the talking heads didn’t?

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  2. KenNo Gravatar
    March 27th, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    VCU seems to have brought their “tourney game” to the NCAA’a. Too bad that VCU and Butler play each other in the semi’s.

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    EricNo Gravatar
    March 27th, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Nothing would give me greater pleasure than to see Shaka Smart hand Calipari his @$$ in the title game, with the exception of Calipari not getting the invitation to Houston.

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    MaliBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    March 27th, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Again, if history serves as any indicator, Kentucky’s “Vacation” to Houston will end up as a “Vacated”.

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    KenNo Gravatar
    March 27th, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    True enough, but there is a visceral satisfaction to seeing Calipari getting his b/_/tt handed to him.

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    MaliBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    March 27th, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Is there something wrong with cake AND ice cream?

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  3. SteveNo Gravatar
    March 27th, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Not the first time — happened back in 2006. It is the first time neither a 1 or 2 made the final 4 though :)

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    EricNo Gravatar
    March 27th, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    You’re right! Nice catch Steve =)

    As a matter of fact, only one 2 seed made the final four in 2006 – UCLA.

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