No one expected the Bulldogs to make that run in 2010, and even fewer expected Brad Stevens and his team to repeat it. But here they are. Although Butler’s regular season was flagged with losses to teams like Youngstown State and Milwaukee, the Bulldogs thrived in NCAA Tournament competition. Even when Florida’s trip to the Final Four looked like a lock — twice, no less — Butler came back and found a way to stay in the game and eventually advance. There’s something about this team that manages to find momentum right when it counts.
VC — who? The eleventh-seeded Rams are this year’s Bulldogs. A backlash of criticism flooded the media after Selection Sunday, and VCU was believed not worthy of even the newly created First Four. And here they are now entering the Final Four.
Playing with the classic chip-on-their-shoulder mentality has proven widely successful for the team that proved little during the regular season. After an impressive run to the Elite Eight, the Rams stunned Kansas with a 71-61 victory. VCU continues to thrive on plenty of the “swag” that head coach Shaka Smart’s team seems to know and care so much about.
Undoubtedly two words come to mind for the Huskies postseason dominance of late — Kemba Walker. The national-standout guard simply dominates Connecticut’s offense. Walker propelled UConn, a No. 3 seed, past a host of late conference losses to the likes of Notre Dame, Louisville and more. The Big East Tournament sparked a revived team. Let the offensive frenzy begin.