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Reposted from the Washington Po
VCU Stuns Kansas, advances to the Final Four

In the moments after Virginia Commonwealth’s latest NCAA tournament stunner, the Rams encircled one of their youngest, a freshman named Heath Houston, in an exuberant Alamodome locker room and watched him perform the team’s post-win ritual.

Houston started by dodging and weaving before thrusting his fists at an imaginary punching bag. He stomped on the ground and then added an opponent-specific twist: Houston locked his thumbs and flapped the rest of this fingers as he extended his hands toward the ceiling.  Breaking his grasp, he smacked the imaginary bird he’d formed seconds earlier with his right hand and pretended to shove it in his mouth.

He gulped and he smiled and the room erupted.  VCU had swallowed top-seeded Kansas 71-61, on Sunday in the Southwest Region final, becoming the third No. 11 seed in NCAA tournament history to advance to the Final Four.       (Steve Yanda)

The Washington Post article

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