- Associated Press - Thursday, March 31, 2011

HOUSTON (AP) - Connecticut was supposed to be too young, Kentucky too immature, Butler too old news and Virginia Commonwealth too far off the radar.

This is some kinda Final Four, huh?

After two weeks of games even the most astute prognosticators couldn’t have predicted, we’re finally at a Final Four unlike any other.

After all those brackets around the country hit the shredder, Kentucky and Connecticut will play in the blue blood bracket, while Butler and VCU face off in the up-and-comers division. Winners get a chance at the really big stage at really big Reliant Stadium.

Whatever happens, it’s sure to go down as one of the more memorable NCAA tournaments in history. Heck, it already has been.

So, to get you geared up, we’ve pulled together a little something that’s part history lesson, part rundown of this year’s teams and, hopefully, an entertaining look at this are-these-really-the-teams foursome.

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THE UNDERDOGS

In honor of underdogs Butler and VCU getting to the Final Four, we’d thought it’d be interesting to look back at some of the all-time upset teams in NCAA tournament history:

North Carolina State, 1983. Lorenzo Charles dunking, Jim Valvano running, ‘Pack beats Phi Slama Jama. Doesn’t get much better than that.

Indiana State, 1979. So what if Magic and Michigan State took down the Sycamores? What Larry Bird and his batch of underlings did was incredible stuff.

George Mason, 2006. The trendsetter for the current mid-major runs. The Patriots took down big boys Michigan State, North Carolina and No. 1 overall seed UConn to get to the Final Four.

Butler, 2010. The Bulldogs set their own standard just last year, coming within a nearly-banked-in halfcourt shot by Gordon Hayward of becoming the ultimate Cinderella against Duke.

Villanova, 1985. First year of the 64-team field and the Wildcats made it a memorable one, becoming the highest seed to win a national championship as a No. 8.

Louisiana State, 1986. First No. 11 seed to reach the Final Four.

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