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Kentucky vs. Connecticut
VCU vs. Butler
Virginia Commonwealth vs. Butler
Matchup:This would be a Cinderella story, if one could only figure out which team the glass slipper belongs to. VCU has ridden its excellent three-point shooting from a "First Four" game against USC to the Final Four. Meanwhile, Butler has drawn on its experience from a season ago to carry it round after round. Neither team was expected to make this far.
When VCU has the ball, expect to see a perimeter player driving the lane looking to kick the ball out to an open shooter. This is especially effective with point guard Joey Rodriguez, but all of the VCU players can handle the ball and knock down an open shot from beyond the arc. It is paramount to Butler's success that it defend the three-point line well and force this game into a battle of who has the better frontcourt players.
When Butler has the ball, expect to see a half-court game, with Matt Howard and others running ball screens to free up shooters and players cutting toward the rim. The more Howard can create around the rim the better, as he is an excellent post player and rebounder. VCU will look to get him in foul trouble and allow Jamie Skeen to patrol the paint.
VCU Rams, Southwest No. 11 Seed
Backcourt: Senior Joey Rodriguez is the "quarterback" of this team. He initiates the offense and uses his great court vision to set