2011 marked a successful year for the underdogs, as two teams with some of the lowest seeds to ever reach the Final Four squared off against each other for a spot in the tournament final. 11th-seeded VCU made it through the Elite 8 round with impressive ease, enjoying double-digit victories against three of their first four opponents. Ironically, their only down-to-the-wire win came against 10th-seeded Florida State in the Sweet 16 round by a score of 72-71. They made quick work of higher-ranked teams like Purdue (No. 3) and Kansas (No. 1). Butler could not say the same, having reached the Final Four through four nail-biting wins, including a second round upset of top-seeded Pittsburgh, 71-70, and punching their Final Four ticket with a 74-71 win over no. 2 Florida. The upsets stopped in the Final Four, however, as Butler took down VCU by a score of 70-62, unexpectedly reaching the championship game for the second straight season (they were a 5-seed in 2010). Once again, they came up short, this time against UConn.
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