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The success secret for VCU and Butler

What attracts us to them? It's more than just their roles as underdogs this weekend

Originally Published: March 29, 2011
By Tim Keown | ESPN.com

North Carolina's Harrison Barnes unknowingly provided the perfect metaphor for today's college basketball landscape. In Sunday's Elite Eight game against Kentucky, Barnes did something usually seen only on asphalt playgrounds or in Harlem Globetrotter games or dunk contests. Or, every so often, in an NBA game, but only by a player at the very top of the food chain.

What did Barnes do? He passed to himself.

Barnes angled into the lane and found his path blocked. He pump-faked, ...

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