NCAA Capsules-Final Four

BY foxsports • March 30, 2010

East Lansing, 28-8.

Nickname: Spartans. Coach: Tom Izzo.

Conference: Big Ten. Bid: At large.

Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 5.

Tournament Record: 52-22, 24 years. Last appearance: 2009.

Scoring: Team (72.4); Kalin Lucas 14.8 (injured); Raymar Morgan 11.5; Durrell Summers 11.2; Draymond Green 9.8; Chris Allen 8.5.

Rebounds: Team (38.6); Draymond Green 7.8; Raymar Morgan 6.2; Delvon Roe 5.0; Durrell Summers 4.6.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (16.5/13.8); Kalin Lucas 4.0/2.4 (injured); Korie Lucious 3.3/1.8; Draymond Green 3.1/1.7; Chris Allen 2.1/1.4.

3-pointers: Team (.343); Chris Allen 53; Durrell Summers 42; Kalin Lucas 35 (injured).

Last Ten: 8-2.

The Skinny: The Midwest regional champions are making their sixth Final Four appearance under Izzo, all since 1999. Summers has stepped up in Lucas' abscence, almost doubling his regular-season scoring average in leading the Spartans to a second straight Final Four appearance. Summers, who came in averaging 10.9 points, scored 80 in the four NCAA tournament games, including 21 on 8-of-10 shooting in the regional final win over Tennessee. His best outing of the tournament was 26 points on 10-of-14 shooting in the game when Lucas went down in the first half with the season-ending injury. The Spartans only had to beat one team seeded higher in the Midwest - No. 4 Maryland on a buzzer-beating 3-point shot by Lucious.

Butler

Indianapolis, 32-4.

Nickname: Bulldogs. Coach: Brad Stevens.

Conference: Horizon League. Bid: Horizon champion.

Region: West. Seed: No. 5.

Tournament Record: 12-9, 10 years. Last appearance: 2009.

Scoring: Team (69.4); Gordon Hayward 15.5; Shelvin Mack 14.2; Matt Howard 11.8; Willie Veasley 10.1.

Rebounds: Team (32.6); Gordon Hayward 8.2; Matt Howard 5.3; Willie Veasley 4.3.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (12.6/12.2); Ronald Nored 3.7/2.0; Shelvin Mack 3.1/2.1.

3-pointers: Team (.345); Shelvin Mack 68; Zach Hahn 47; Willie Veasley 45; Gordon Hayward 43.

Last Ten: 10-0.

The Skinny: The West regional champions extended the nation's longest current winning streak to 25 games, beating top-seeded Syracuse and then shutting down No. 2-seed Kansas State. The Bulldogs are headed to their first Final Four and will play just five miles from campus. In four NCAA tournament games, nobody has scored 60 points on the Bulldogs yet. Stevens, the 33-year-old coach, is one of the youngest to ever take a team this far. Since the NCAA started keeping thorough records in 1972, only Bob Knight was younger when he brought his Indiana team to the Final Four in 1973. He has more wins than anyone in his first three seasons as a head coach with 88. This will be the first Final Four with two No. 5 seeds in it, and they will meet in the first semifinal game.

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Durham, N.C., 33-5.

Nickname: Blue Devils. Coach: Mike Krzyzewski.

Conference: Atlantic Coast. Bid: ACC champion.

Region: South. Seed: No. 1.

Tournament Record: 92-30, 34 years. Last appearance: 2009.

Scoring: Team (77.7); Jon Scheyer 18.2; Kyle Singler 17.6; Nolan Smith 17.4.

Rebounds: Team (39.5); Brian Zoubek 7.6; Kyle Singler 6.9; Miles Plumlee 5.1; Lance Thomas 4.9.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (13.9/11.1); Jon Scheyer 4.8/1.7; Nolan Smith 2.9/1.8; Kyle Singler 2.3/1.9.

3-pointers: Team (.385); Jon Scheyer 104; Kyle Singler 79; Nolan Smith 55; Andre Dawkins 36.

Last Ten: 9-1.

The Skinny: The South regional champions are the only No. 1 seed to reach the Final Four and the favorite among the remaining teams. Krzyzewski is taking a team to the Final Four for the 11th time, moving him into a tie with Dean Smith of North Carolina for second place on the all-time list, one behind UCLA's John Wooden. The Blue Devils are back in the national semifinals for the first time since 2004, a six-year drought that was the longest since Krzyzewski made his first Final Four in 1986. Smith scored a career-high 29 points in a 78-71 victory over Baylor in the regional final. Smith's father, Derek, was a sophomore starter on Louisville's national championship team in 1980. He died in 1996 at age 34, apparently of a heart attack. He played nine seasons in the NBA.

West Virginia

Morgantown, 31-6.

Nickname: Mountaineers. Coach: Bob Huggins.

Conference: Big East. Bid: Big East champion.

Region: East. Seed: No. 2.

Tournament Record: 24-22, 23 years. Last appearance: 2009.

Scoring: Team (72.8); Da'Sean Butler 17.4; Kevin Jones 13.7; Devin Ebanks 12.0; Darryl Bryant 9.3 (injured).

Rebounds: Team (38.9); Devin Ebanks 8.2; Kevin Jones 7.2; Da'Sean Butler 6.3; Wellington Smith 4.1.

Assists/Turnovers: Team (15.6/11.9); Da'Sean Butler 3.2/1.8; Darryl Bryant 3.1/2.0 (injured); Devin Ebanks 2.5/2.2; Joe Mazzulla 2.4/1.1.

3-pointers: Team (.336); Da'Sean Butler 70; Kevin Jones 41; Darryl Bryant 40 (injured); Wellington Smith 36.

Last Ten: 10-0.

The Skinny: West Virginia will make its first appearance in the Final Four since 1959. The East regional champions have set a school record with 31 wins. Bryant, who broke his right foot on March 23, missed WVU's last two games. Junior college transfer Casey Mitchell started for Bryant in a regional semifinal win over Washington, but Mazzulla played the most significant minutes in that game and started against Kentucky, scoring a career-high 17 points, making several uncontested layups. Bryant could play as he got fitted for a specially designed shoe, hoping shift weight away from his fractured fifth metatarsal.


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