Sun March 27, 2011

NCAA Final Four Takes Shape

The men's NCAA tournament sends its last two teams to the Final Four with two regional finals: Kansas vs. Virginia Commonwealth University and North Carolina vs. Kentucky.

On Saturday, tiny Butler University secured a spot in the NCAA Final Four for the second year in a row, defeating the University of Florida 74-71in overtime.

Butler was down 11 in the second half. And though last year the Bulldogs made clear they should not be underestimated, here they are again, NPR's Mike Pesca told host Liane Hansen.

Later in the day, the University of Connecticut advanced to the Final Four after defeating the Arizona Wildcats 65-63.

"If the Butler game hadn't been one of these all-time great games, people would be talking about what a great game Connecticut was," Pesca says.

On Sunday, the VCU Rams play the Kansas Jayhawks, the only remaining No. 1 team and President Obama's pick for overall winner this year. The two teams play in San Antonio at 2:20 p.m. EST.

Later, the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Kentucky Wildcats play in Newark, N.J. at 5:05 p.m. EST. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.