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Reliant Stadium in Houston, pre-championship game.
March Madness reaches one of its peaks tonight when the Butler Bulldogs and the Connecticut Huskies face off in the NCAA Men's Basketball championship game in Houston. Over the weekend, Butler put the brakes on Cinderella VCU's unlikely run to the national semifinal in a Saturday nail-biter, with the Huskies of Connecticut edging coach John Calipari's Kentucky Wildcats in the second game, narrowing the original field of 68 teams to two.
On the women's side, defending champs and heavy favorites UConn were upset by Big East foe Notre Dame, while Texas A&M was a point better than Stanford, the sole team to beat UConn during the regular season. The women square off tomorrow night.
In both the men's and women's projections, President Obama's much-publicized bracket turned out only marginally better than the millions devastated by early-round upsets. Obama indicated a massive lack of either hoops smarts or faith in the underdogs, picking the selection committees' favorites almost unanimously and predicting all four number one seeds in both of his Final Fours. He went 0-for-4 on the men's side and got neither of the remaining squads in the women's field.
— By Pete Tosiello