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Stars take teams from Sweet to Elite

Updated: March 23, 2004, 6:10 PM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

Reaching the Sweet 16 has shelf life for about a year, maybe two.

Making it to the Elite Eight lasts a lot longer.

Earning a trip to the Final Four? Well, that lasts a lifetime.

So how do the 16 teams still playing this week take that next step in becoming among 2004's Elite? How does any team, whether it may be UAB or UConn, win the right to play for a spot in the Final Four?

The better question: Why have so many entered the second week of the NCAA Tournament, only to ...

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