SAN ANTONIO -- Move over, Butler. Virginia Commonwealth is crashing the Final Four.
The 11th-seeded Rams, who didn't even bother to watch the NCAA tournament selection show, are heading to Houston, and final No. 1 seed Kansas is heading home after a spectacular collapse.
Jamie Skeen scored 26 points as the Rams delivered the biggest upset of the NCAA tournament, shocking the Jayhawks 71-61 on Sunday to become just the third 11th seed to ever make the Final Four.
So doubtful were the Rams of even making the tournament that they watched the Cartoon Network and went out for fast food instead of watching the reveal of the tournament field two weeks ago. Now, they're Houston-bound after an incredible takedown of the last No. 1 seed.
"Those people (the doubters) don't matter," VCU coach Shaka Smart said. "The only people that matter is the 14 guys on our team, and they never stopped believing."
One of those doubters was one of Kansas' vaunted Morris twins -- Marcus or Markieff.
During a captains meeting with officials before tipoff, VCU guard Joey Rodriguez said one of the brothers offered him some parting words: "The run ends here."
"We'll see," Rodriguez shot back.
The Jayhawks saw all right.
VCU players, hoisting their Southwest regional champion trophy, poured into the temporary bleachers where VCU's outnumbered fans sat in an Alamodome that was otherwise colored in Kansas blue and white.
As the final seconds ticked down, Skeen heaved the ball from the free throw line and into the stands behind the opposite backboard. His teammates on the bench, who had spent the final minutes with locked arms to hold each other back, finally spilled out onto the court.
Kansas players walked slowly off the court. Several, including Markieff Morris, cried.
"We got beat by a team that was definitely better today," Kansas coach Bill Self said. "They were faster. They were good."
It's George Mason all over again, and VCU had an even tougher Final Four path than their tiny conference brethren in 2006.
The Rams needed five wins to go from First Four to Final Four. Along the way, they toppled the Pac-10's Southern California, the Big East's Georgetown, the Big 10's Purdue, the ACC's Florida State and now the Big 12's Kansas.
They'll pick on someone their own size next: Butler.
The Jayhawks? All they did was bully smaller teams to get this far. Kansas never apologized for coasting through a favorable bracket that served up schools seeded 16th (Boston University), ninth (Illinois) and 12th (Richmond).
None of those games tested the Jayhawks, who had been ranked No. 1 this season and had won 11 in row. Then VCU came out and showed it wasn't just another pushover.
The Jayhawks spent the first half not knowing what hit them.
* KENTUCKY 76, NORTH CAROLINA 69: At Newark, N.J., John Calipari has restored the roar at Kentucky, leading the Wildcats back to the Final Four after a 13-year absence.
Brandon Knight scored 22 points and the fourth-seeded Wildcats are headed back to college basketball's biggest stage following a win over second-seeded North Carolina in the East Regional final.
The Wildcats (29-8) will play Connecticut in Houston on Saturday night after turning back a late surge by the Tar Heels (27-10), who erased an 11-point deficit before running out of gas in the final 2 minutes.
DeAndre Liggins added 12 points for Kentucky, including a 3-pointer from the corner with 37 seconds remaining to help lift the Wildcats to the Final Four for the first time since 1998.
That's hardly a lengthy drought in most places. At Kentucky it's a lifetime.
A season after falling a game short of the Final Four behind a roster filled with future NBA stars, the Wildcats are heading to the national semifinals for 14th time behind the heady play of Knight and the emotional leadership of senior center Josh Harrellson.