Final Four 2011: Scores And Bracket Updates

The Final Four gets started in Houston on Saturday as VCU, Butler, Kentucky and UConn hit the floor in the NCAA Tournament semifinals. Track all the action in our Final Four results StoryStream during Saturday's games.

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NCAA Final Four 2011: Butler Vs. VCU Ratings Surprisingly High

When Butler and VCU were paired together in the Final Four, many thought it would be a ratings nightmare for CBS. After all, everyone loves a giant-killer, but part of the appeal is watching these mid-majors try to slay the beast, and upset a major conference foe in the NCAA Tournament. But when you put them together, even in the Final Four, it creates a match that’s lacking on paper, without a major media market to speak of.

According to the AP, Saturday night’s Final Four ratings were the highest since 2005 as viewers tuned in to see both the Butler vs. VCU and Kentucky vs. UConn.

Butler’s 70-62 win over Virginia Commonwealth in the first game drew an 8.3 rating and averaged 14.2 million viewers while Connecticut’s 56-55 win over Kentucky in the second game drew a 9.5 rating and pulled in 16.7 million viewers.

Who says the little guys can’t pull eyeballs. While it’s not quite the level UConn and Kentucky received, Butler and VCU held their own in the ratings war, and CBS benefited.

Ratings for the tournament as a whole are up, as well, in the first year March Madness has been broadcast across two different networks. CBS and Turner split the early round coverage, with every single game shown on network television as Turner roped in TBS, TNT and truTV to help out.

Butler and UConn take the court in Houston for the NCAA Championship Game on Monday night, live on CBS. For more on Saturday’s games, check out our 2011 Final Four StoryStream.

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NCAA Championship Game 2011: Butler Bulldogs Back Again After 70-62 Final Four Win

Any thoughts of Butler being a one-year wonder were put to bed on Saturday night as the Bulldogs earned a spot in the NCAA Championship Game for the second-straight year with a 70-62 win over fellow mid-major VCU. The Bulldogs have been outstanding in the 2011 NCAA Tournament, working their way through the bracket while recapturing some of that leftover magic from the previous season. And on Monday, Butler will try to erase the sting of losing to Duke by inches in the National Championship Game.

The road to the Final Four was tougher for Butler this year as the Bulldogs came from the No. 8 seed line to advance through the bracket. In the first round, the Bulldogs survived a test from No. 9 seed Old Dominion, and were rewarded with a matchup against No. 1 seed Pittsburgh. But Butler prevailed again after a wild final two seconds that saw two fouls crazy fouls, the last of which allowed Matt Howard to seal a 71-70 win at the free throw line.

In the Sweet Sixteen, Butler took care of No. 4 seed Wisconsin, setting up a matchup with Florida for a spot in the Final Four. Butler passed the test with a 61-54 win before knocking the Gators off in overtime, 74-71.

At this point, it shouldn't be a surprise to see Brad Steven's Bulldogs in the National Championship, but it hasn't been easy for Butler. In a season filled with trials and tribulations, the Bulldogs survived and advanced, doing what was necessary to make it back for a shot at redemption.

On Monday night, Butler will get that shot as it faces UConn in the NCAA Championship game on CBS. Check out a look back at Saturday's results below, and in our Final Four scores StoryStream. Be sure to grab a 2011 NCAA Tournament printable bracket from SB Nation to get caught up on the latest from March Madness.

Final Four
No. 8 Butler Bulldogs def. No. 11 VCU Rams, 70-62
No. 3 Connecticut Huskies def. No. 4 Kentucky Wildcats, 56-55

NCAA Championship
Butler Bulldogs vs. UConn on Monday

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NCAA Bracket 2011: Printable Bracket Updated Ahead Of NCAA Championship Game

The 2011 NCAA Championship Game is upon us as the field of 68 is down to two after Saturday's Final Four action. If you predicted the Butler Bulldogs would make a return trip to the national championship game in your own bracket, congratulations, you're in rare company. Butler takes on Kemba Walker and the UConn Huskies in the final game of the 2011 NCAA Tournament, set to take place on Monday night.

Over at SB Nation, the 2011 NCAA Tournament printable bracket has been updated to reflect the latest changes. You can see just how Butler and UConn made it to the title game and which teams they left in their wake on the road to the NCAA Championship.

The matchup is set and all that's left is to play the game in Houston. On Monday night, Butler and UConn take the floor in at Reliant Stadium in the 2011 NCAA Championship game, live on CBS.

For a look back at Saturday's Final Four matchups, check out the rest of our Final Four scores StoryStream. You can also go way back and see the results from the first two rounds in our March Madness StoryStream and scores from the second weekend in our Sweet Sixteen results StoryStream. Be sure to check-in on the women's tournament in our Women's Final Four StoryStream, as well.

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Final Four 2011, UConn Vs. Kentucky Score: Kemba Walker, Huskies Advance To NCAA Championship Game With 56-55 Win

The Connecticut Huskies are on the verge of pulling off one of the more impressive feats in NCAA Tournament history after taking care of the Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday night in a 56-55 win. UConn has played its best games with its back against the wall, winning five games in five days to take home the Big East Tournament championship before making a run to the NCAA Championship Game. On Monday night, in the final game of the 2011 NCAA Tournament, UConn faces Butler, winners of Saturday's first Final Four game, with a chance to add to an amazing tournament resume.

UConn looked to be in control early on Saturday, storming out to a 31-21 lead at the half, leaving Kentucky reeling. But the Wildcats wouldn't say die, and reeled off a 14-2 run to open the half to take the lead just five minutes into the second half. It was back-and-forth from there as UConn and Kentucky both traded body blows down the stretch.

UConn stretched its lead to six in the waning moments, but failed to make a field goal over the final 2:28, leaving the door wide open for Kentucky. But the Wildcats failed to take advantage with the game winding down, and UConn was able to seal it at the line with two Shabazz Napier free throws, making Brandon Knight's three at the buzzer meaningless as the Huskies escaped with the one-point win.

Kemba Walker led the way for the Huskies with 18 points, six rebounds and seven assists. Jeremy Lamb was also in double-figures for UConn with 12 points and nine rebounds. Alex Oriakhi handled himself well in the paint, finishing with a team-high 10 rebounds.

Brandon Knight had a team-high 17 points for Kentucky in the loss, with freshman Terrence Jones adding 11 points and 15 boards. Doron Lamb came off the bench to add 13 points as Kentucky went with a small, six-man rotation, as usual.

UConn moves on to face Butler in the NCAA Championship Game on Monday night. Here's a look at the rest of the bracket for the Final Four weekend. Be sure to check out SB Nation's updated printable bracket for a look at the tournament as a whole.

Final Four
No. 8 Butler Bulldogs def. No. 11 VCU Rams, 70-62
No. 3 Connecticut Huskies def. No. 4 Kentucky Wildcats, 56-55

NCAA Championship
Butler Bulldogs vs. UConn Huskies on Monday

For more scores and stats, check out our Final Four results StoryStream.

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Final Four 2011, UConn Vs. Kentucky Score: Kemba Walker Leads Huskies To 31-21 Halftime Lead

After an even start, UConn took over in the first half, taking over as Josh Harrellson was forced to sit with early foul trouble. Using balanced scoring — seven of the nine players to log minutes scored — UConn was able to push its advantage as the half wore on, taking a 10-point lead into the half, 31-21.

Kentucky was cold from the field throughout the first half, shooting just 28.1 percent from the field and 16.7 percent from beyond the arc. UConn, on the other hand, found the range early, shooting 51.9 percent from the field. That hot shooting, and tenacious defense, has Kentucky on its heels early as UConn is on the verge of running away with it.

Kemba Walker led the way for UConn with nine points and five assists in the first half. Jeremy Lamb had eight points, with Alex Oriakhi and Charles Okwandu each adding four points. Roscoe Smith had a team-high five assists in the half.

Terrence Jones had a team-high nine points and six rebounds for Kentucky in the half. Brandon Knight added seven points, but scoring was hard to come by outside of those two. Josh Harrellson had just two points before taking a seat with two fouls.

For more on the game, and the rest of the day’s results, check out the rest of our Final Four scores StoryStream.

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Final Four 2011, VCU Vs. Butler Score:Butler Advances To NCAA Championship Game With 70-62 Win

After taking a six-point halftime lead, the Butler Bulldogs were able to keep the VCU Rams at-bay for much of the second half, stay just out of reach for much of the half. Just like the start of the game, VCU came out of the locker room on fire, using a 7-0 run to start the half to reclaim the lead. But again, Butler battled back, jumping back into the lead and beginning to pull away with 10 minutes to go in the second half.

Butler’s been great at protecting a lead all tournament long, quelling runs and staying just in front of its opponents with the game winding down and Saturday’s Final Four matchup was no exception. Even as VCU looking to have momentum, cutting the Bulldogs’ lead to four with a minute to go, there never appeared to be a sense of panic on the Butler side of the ball. Matt Howard took over, hitting two free throws and a lay-in to push the lead back to eight, all but ending VCU’s national championship dreams.

When it was all over, Butler had a 70-62 win and a return trip to the national championship. Shelvin Mack scored a team-high 24 points, with Howard adding 17 and Shawn Vanzant chipping in 11. Butler was dominant on the glass, out-rebounding VCU 43-30 and grabbing 11 offensive rebounds, as well.

Jamie Skeen wasn’t going down without a fight for VCU, and score a game-high 27 points in the loss. Bradford Burgess added 15 points, but went cold in the second half. Joey Rodriguez scored just two points, but had seven assists.

Butler moves on to face the winner of Saturday night’s second Final Four game between Kentucky and UConn on Monday night in the NCAA Tournament Championship.

Final Four
No. 8 Butler Bulldogs def. No. 11 VCU Rams, 70-62
No. 3 Connecticut Huskies vs. No. 4 Kentucky Wildcats

NCAA Championship
Butler Bulldogs vs. Kentucky/UConn on Monday

For more scores and stats, check out our Final Four results StoryStream.

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VCU Vs. Butler Score: Final Four Matchup Close At The Half As Bulldogs Lead, 34-28

The VCU Rams came out firing, using their frenetic pace to jump out to an early lead as the Final Four got underway. VCU stuck to the script, jacking threes and pressing off made baskets in an effort to disrupt early, and it worked -- at least to start the game. But Butler made an adjustment after VCU began knocking down threes, extending its defense and limiting the Rams' good looks throughout the rest of the half.

With VCU up 15-9, Butler came flying right back, scoring six unanswered to level the score before beginning to pull away in the waning moments of the half. As the two teams traded buckets, Butler finally broke through, outscoring VCU 9-4 to end the half and take a 34-28 lead into the break.

Jamie Skeen picked up the slack for VCU in the post, scoring a team-high 12 points and making his only three-point attempt of the game. Bradford Burgess scored nine points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds in the half for the Rams. Joey Rodriguez had a rough half, registering only two assists while failing to score.

For Butler, Shelvin Mack shouldered the scoring load in the first half with a team-high 13 points. Matt Howard was formidable on the inside with nine points and five rebounds, three of which came on the offensive end. Butler dominated the paint, grabbing eight offensive rebounds in the first half.

In 20 minutes, one of these two mid-majors will earn a berth to the NCAA Tournament Championship to take on either Kentucky or UConn. Stay tuned to our Final Four results StoryStream for more on the game and check out SB Nation's VCU vs. Butler live-blog for instant reactions.

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Final Four 2011: Scores And Bracket Updates

We're just one step away from the 2011 NCAA Tournament Championship as the Final Four kicks off at Reliant Stadium in Houston on Saturday. Four teams enter the weekend, with one surviving to earn the crown of 2011 NCAA Champion after three weeks of March Madness action. It's a unique Final Four as the No. 11 seed VCU Rams take on the No. 8 seed Butler Bulldogs on one side of the bracket, with the No. 4 seed Kentucky Wildcats and the No. 3 seed Connecticut Huskies squaring off on the other side of the bracket. It all gets started at 3:09 p.m. as Butler and VCU open the 2011 Final Four in Houston.

Throughout the day, we'll be updating the action in our Final Four results StoryStream. From scores and stats to interesting tidbits, we'll track the games so you don't have to. All you have to do is sit back and watch the two games. To get a look at the teams, check out our Final Four StoryStream. There you'll find previews for KentuckyUConnButler and VCU, as well as predictions and the Final Four schedule.

In addition to our own coverage, SB Nation will have a plethora of updates during the games on its NCAA Tournament hub. Check out the VCU vs. Butler live-blog as Mike Prada feverishly types until his hands fall off during the game. You can also find a 2011 NCAA Tournament printable bracket to follow along with the action yourself and update the matchups as they happen.

Check back with our Final Four results StoryStream for more on the games as the Final Four gets going in Houston.

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