NCAA Final Four Takes Shape Tiny Butler University has done it again. The Bulldogs are going to the NCAA Final Four for the second year in a row, having defeated the University of Florida in overtime on Saturday. Host Liane Hansen gets a tournament update from NPR's Mike Pesca.
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NCAA Final Four Takes Shape

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NCAA Final Four Takes Shape

LIANE HANSEN, Host:

NPR's Mike Pesca is with us for a quick b-ball tournament check-in. Hey, Mike.

MIKE PESCA: Hi.

HANSEN: Hey, the Butler Bulldogs aren't sneaking up on teams anymore. They're for real.

PESCA: Well, here they are back in the Final Four again and only Houston and UNLV are teams outside the major conferences to make it in back-to-back Final Fours. They're an amazing team with an amazing coach, Brad Stevens.

HANSEN: Well, Connecticut and Butler, different schools, different basketball programs, but Connecticut, like Butler, has been almost overlooked in this tournament as if a Connecticut team can ever really be overlooked.

PESCA: Because Kemba Walker, Connecticut's player, who is going to be a very good player in the NBA, puts the team - the cliche is he puts the team on his shoulders. But since his shoulders are so tiny, it is worth pointing out. And he's great not just at scoring - and he had 20 last night - but the way he assists, the way he, you know, just makes the team work as he wants it to work, so UConn has had a tremendous streak as of late and they're in the Final Four again.

HANSEN: You've got a few seconds. Tell us about today's games.

PESCA: And then the VCU Rams, who knows, maybe they could be in the Final Four, although no one has a tougher sled than UNC. They play the only number one team remaining, Kansas. Remember, Barack Obama picked Kansas to win the entire tournament this year. And Kansas does look like the one really complete team with great players at every position. So, if VCU can even keep it close, that might be an accomplishment but look at all these upsets.

HANSEN: Mike, that's it. NPR's sports correspondent Mike Pesca. Thanks.

PESCA: You're welcome.

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