March 27, 2011
STORRS, Conn. - With the results from today's remaining Elite Eight games, No. 3 UConn will face No. 4 Kentucky in the NCAA Final Four in Houston, Texas on Saturday, April 2.
The Huskies and Wildcats will tip off in the second game of the double-header at 8:49 p.m. Eastern time. No. 11 VCU and No. 8 Butler will open the day at 6:09 p.m. All games will be televised on CBS. The winners will face off in the NCAA Championship on Monday, April 4.
This year's Final Four will feature contrasting games featuring a pair of perennial contenders and a pair of Cinderella programs looking to continue their historic runs.
UConn will head to the Final Four for the fourth time in program history with all four trips coming under head coach Jim Calhoun. UConn previously advanced to college basketball's grand stage in 1999, 2004 and 2009. Connecticut will be looking for its third National Championship after cutting down the nets in 1999 and 2004.
Kentucky, the winningest program in NCAA history, reached the Final Four for the first time since winning the 1998 National Championship. This will mark the 14th Final Four for Kentucky. The Wildcats have won seven National Championships. Kentucky head coach John Calipari has now taken three teams to the Final Four after achieving the feat with UMass in 1996 and Memphis in 2008.
No. 8 Butler reached the Final Four for the second-straight season after falling in the 2010 NCAA Championship to Duke. They will face No. 11 Virginia Commonwealth. VCU was one of the last four teams selected to the NCAA Tournament and most recently defeated No. 1 Kansas, 71-61. The Rams have upset No. 1 Kansas, No. 10 Florida State (72-71), No. 3 Purdue (94-76) and No. 6 Georgetown (74-56).
UConn made its way to the Final Four all four times through the West Region. This year, UConn earned victories over No. 14 Bucknell (81-52), No. 6 Cincinnati (69-58), No. 2 San Diego State (74-67) and No. 4 Arizona (65-63).
Junior All-American Kemba Walker was named the West Region Most Outstanding Player and has averaged 26.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 6.8 assists in UConn's four NCAA Tournament games.
Freshman Jeremy Lamb has been sensational during March Madness. He's averaged 18.3 points and 3.3 rebounds while shooting 59-percent from the field. Lamb was named to the West Region All-Tournament Team along with Walker.
Saturday's contest will be a rematch of the 2010 Maui Invitational final in which the Huskies routed Kentucky, 84-67, on November 24. UConn was unranked at the time while Kentucky came into the game No. 8 in the polls.
Kentucky earned the right to face UConn in the Final Four with a 76-69 victory over No. 2 North Carolina on Sunday in Newark, N.J.
The Wildcats advanced through the tournament with a buzzer-beater from freshman star Brandon Knight to defeat Princeton 59-57 in the opening round. They then defeated No. 5 West Virginia, 71-63 and No. 1 Ohio State, 62-60.
Coverage of the Final Four begins on CBS at 4:00 p.m.