Junior guard Shelvin Mack has scored a game-best 13 points to help the No. 8-seeded Bulter Bulldogs take a 34-28 halftime lead in a NCAA Tournament Final Four contest at Reliant Stadium in Houston, TX. The winner will advance to play either No. 3 UConn Huskies or No. 4 Kentucky Wildcats, who play each other in the nightcap.
Behind four 3-pointers the Rams (28-11) jumped out to a quick 15-7 advantage. The Bulldogs (27-9) slowly chipped away at the margin and tied the game at 20 after Shawn Vanzant made a 2-point jumper with 6:12 remaining. From there, senior Matt Howard scored five of his nine points to guide the Bulldogs to a six-point lead heading into the locker room. Butler has shot 10-of-29 (34.5 percent), but just 3-of-12 from behind the 3-point line.
The Butler basketball program is trying to reach the National Championship game for the second consecutive season. Last year, the Bulldogs lost to Duke, 61-59, in their native city of Indianapolis, IN. Meanwhile, VCU basketball program is trying to become the first 11 seed to play for a National Title since the 1985 Villanova Wildcats.