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NUMBERS

33-5-11 _ Age in years, months and days of Butler’s Brad Stevens, making him the second-youngest coach to reach the Final Four since 1972 (Bob Knight, 32-4-29).

3 _ Number of No. 11 seeds to reach the Final Four: LSU in 1986, George Mason in 2006, VCU this year.

5 _ NCAA tournament games won by VCU, most ever to reach the Final Four.

14 _ Final Four appearances by Kentucky, eight more than the other three teams combined.

19 _ Games decided by three points or fewer in this year’s NCAA tournament, tied for second behind the 24 in 1990 for most since the field expanded to 64 teams.

26 _ Combined seeds of Connecticut (three), Kentucky (four), Butler (eight) and VCU (11), highest in Final Four history. The previous high was 22 in 2000.

40 _ Games played by VCU and Connecticut (once they play Saturday), matching the modern-day (since 1948) record, set seven previous times.

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ONE-MAN SHOWS

UConn’s Kemba Walker has put on a virtuoso performance, not just in the NCAA tournament, but also in the Big East tournament. He may be a slender 6 feet 1, but he has carried the Huskies through nine straight elimination games.

In honor of his play, here are a few other impressive one-man shows through the years:

Stephen Curry, Davidson, 2008. The king of mid-major mayhem.

Danny Manning, Kansas, 1988. The Jayhawks were known as Danny and the Miracles, but they might be considered The Untouchables when it comes to one leading the many in NCAA tournament history.

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