With NCAA men's basketball down to its Final Four, "we're not done yet" is a phrase that few would have expected one of Virginia Commonwealth University's players to utter.

With NCAA men's basketball down to its Final Four, "we're not done yet" is a phrase that few would have expected one of Virginia Commonwealth University's players to utter.

Rob Brandenberg, a 2010 Gahanna Lincoln High School graduate and backup guard for the Rams, knows his team has come a long way, given that it had to win a game in the new four-game first round of the NCAA tournament.

Now that VCU is making one of the most memorable runs in tournament history, Brandenberg is not ready for the ride to end.

"It's been great," he said. "It's been long, but it's been very fun. To go to the Final Four and to have a chance to play for the national championship, it's crazy."

VCU became the third No. 11 seed in tournament history to advance to a Final Four when it beat top-seeded Kansas 71-61 in the Southwest Regional final on March 27 in San Antonio.

The Rams play Butler at 6:09 p.m. Saturday, April 2, in a national semifinal in Houston's Reliant Stadium. Butler lost to Duke 61-59 in last year's NCAA final and made it to a second consecutive Final Four despite being a No. 8 seed.

The winner advances to the championship game Monday, April 4, against Kentucky or Connecticut.

The Rams might not be in their current situation if not for the play of Brandenberg, a 6-foot-2 freshman who was the first commitment in the class of 2010 for coach Shaka Smart.

During VCU's 72-71 victory over Florida State in a regional semifinal March 25, the Rams' Bradford Burgess made a layup off an inbounds pass with 7.1 seconds left in overtime to give his team the lead. Seminoles forward Chris Singleton then took a shot on the ensuing possession that was blocked by Brandenberg at the buzzer.

"(Derwin Kitchen) drove to the baseline and kicked it out," Brandenberg said. "Then (Singleton) took a shot and I got a piece of it."

Brandenberg has been a part of magical tournament runs before.

Last season, he averaged 13 points and was the OCC-Ohio Division Player of the Year as Gahanna won its first conference championship. Then during the postseason, the Lions stunned the nation's No. 1-ranked team, Northland, 71-45 in a regional final to advance to the state tournament for the first time. Gahanna lost in a state semifinal and finished 26-1.

This season, Brandenberg has played in 38 of VCU's 39 games. He is averaging 5.1 points and 1.7 rebounds while playing in nearly 14 minutes per game.

After the Rams lost to Old Dominion 70-65 in the Colonial Athletic Association championship game March 7, opinions were split as to whether VCU would be selected to the NCAA tournament with a 23-11 record.

The Rams were chosen to play in one of the First Four games against USC and responded with a 59-46 victory March 16 in Dayton. They followed with wins over sixth-seeded Georgetown 74-56 on March 18 and third-seeded Purdue 94-76 on March 20.

Against Florida State, Brandenberg played 20 minutes and had four points, three rebounds and two steals. He played four minutes against Kansas.

VCU, according to Brandenberg, began turning the corner in the second half of the loss to Old Dominion. The Rams trailed 39-26 by halftime before making it close.

VCU lost five of its final eight games of the regular season.

"We've been clicking since the conference tournament in the second half of the ODU game," Brandenberg said. "We just said that whatever tournament we get into, whether it was the NIT or NCAA, that we were ready. For us to get to the Final Four, not a lot of people thought we'd make it, but we made the most of it."