CAA’s VCU gets into Final Four, UNC does not

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Submitted: Mon, 03/28/2011 - 1:58am
Updated: Mon, 03/28/2011 - 5:29pm

NEWARK, NJ (AP) — North Carolina seemingly had Kentucky right where it wanted it in the East regional finals.

Down by double digits in the second half, the inexperienced and talented Tar Heels kept inching closer, five points, three and eventually a tie at 67 with 3:18 to play.

The prize was there and all they had to do was grab it. But they couldn’t and North Carolina was eliminated from the NCAA tournament a game short of the Final Four in a 76-69 loss to Kentucky on Sunday.

The Tar Heels and coach Roy Williams were left to limp back to Chapel Hill, knowing they just weren’t as good as another team filled with talented youngsters.

Williams will really have to limp. He seemed to be injured when Kentucky guard Brandon Knight fell into his right knee in the final 20 seconds after being fouled.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Jamie Skeen scored 26 points and 11th-seeded Virginia Commonwealth is crashing the Final Four after the upset of the NCAA tournament, shocking No. 1 seed Kansas 71-61 on Sunday.

So doubtful were the Rams of even making the tournament that they didn’t watch the selection show. Two weeks later, they’re Houston-bound after an incredible takedown of the last No. 1 seed.

It’s George Mason all over again, and VCU had an even tougher Final Four path than their tiny conference brethren in 2006.

The Rams needed five wins to go from First Four to Final Four. Along the way, they toppled teams from the Pac-10, Big East, Big 10, ACC and now the Big 12.

They’ll pick on someone their own size next: Butler.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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