CAA’s VCU falls short at NCAA Final Four

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Submitted: Sun, 04/03/2011 - 2:54am
Updated: Sun, 04/03/2011 - 4:14am

HOUSTON (AP) – VCU started missing from long range, and that was it for its surprising run to the Final Four. The mid-major school that sliced through five major conference teams on its way to Houston finally got slowed by one of its own.
The Rams (28-12) arrived here averaging better than 10 3s per game in the NCAA tournament and shooting 44 percent from behind the line. They made 12 from long range three times, blowing out Georgetown, beating Florida State in overtime and stunning Kansas last weekend.
But after an early burst of three 3-pointers in 53 seconds showed Butler what it could see all night, Bulldogs coach Brad Stevens ripped into his guys for leaving one shooter to guard another, and they responded. The Rams didn’t make another 3 for almost 18 minutes during Saturday night’s 70-62 loss.

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HOUSTON (AP) – Brandon Knight hit the shot at the buzzer once
again, only this time it didn’t matter.
The Kentucky freshman who keyed the Wildcats’ first trip to the
Final Four in 13 years with a flair for the dramatic missed all of
the big shots and most of the little ones in a 56-55 loss to
Connecticut on Saturday night.
Knight finished with 17 points on 6-of-23 shooting, including a
series of jumpers that fell woefully short in the second half. He
finally made a desperation 3-pointer at the final buzzer, when the
Huskies had a four-point lead.
His elder teammates weren’t much help. The veterans who’d
stepped up in the postseason disappeared for long stretches against
the Huskies. Darius Miller, DeAndre Liggins and Josh Harrellson
combined for just 14 points.

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

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