Sunday, March 27, 2011

Butler, Connecticut Win to Advance to NCAA Basketball National Semifinals

Butler University will make its second consecutive appearance and the University of Connecticut will play for a fourth time in the national semifinals of college basketball's men's tournament.

Butler beat the University of Florida 74-71 in overtime yesterday and Connecticut defeated the University of Arizona 65- 63 in the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament.

No. 8 Butler will play the winner of today's Southwest regional final, between No. 11 Virginia Commonwealth and Kansas, the only remaining No. 1 seed, for a place in the championship game.

"I'm incredibly proud of these guys -- they carried their coach today in a big way," Butler coach Brad Stevens told reporters. "I got out-coached big time, but our assistants did a great job and our players did a great job."

Connecticut, ranked third in the West, will play the winner of today's East regional final, between No. 4 Kentucky and No. 2 North Carolina.


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