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Apr 2, 2011 11:32 PM by Jordan Mason

Butler, UConn win in semis & will meet in NCAA Championship

HOUSTON (AP) - Shelvin Mack scored 23 points on 8-of-11 shooting and Zach Hahn came up big off the bench with eight second-half points in the Final Four on Saturday night, leading Butler back to the national title game with a 70-62 win over upstart VCU.

Butler came a bounce away from winning it all last year and is determined to have a different ending this time around. The Bulldogs (28-9) will play Connecticut for the national title Monday night.

VCU's wild run finally came to an end. Dissed and dismissed after being selected, the Rams (28-12) won five games to become only the third No. 11 seed to reach the Final Four. But VCU
couldn't overcome Butler's unforgiving defense. Jamie Skeen (27) and Bradford Burgess (12) were the only Rams in double figures.

HOUSTON (AP) - Kemba Walker scored 18 points Saturday night to help Connecticut keep its remarkable postseason run going with a 56-55 victory over Kentucky that placed the Huskies one win away from their third, and most improbable, NCAA title.

UConn won despite not making a field goal over the final 2:29.

Trailing by two with the clock ticking down, DeAndre Liggins had a chance to win it for Kentucky, but his 3-pointer came up short - the end of a 34-percent shooting night for the fourth-seeded
Wildcats (29-9).

Walker also had seven assists, as UConn (31-9) won its 10th game in a row - a string that began with a five-win-in-five-night leg-drainer at the Big East tournament and now includes five straight in the tournament that really matters.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

 

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