04 April 2011

UConn Wins The 2011 National Championship


For the third time since 1999, the Connecticut Huskies are kings of the dance as they won the 2011 NCAA Tournament tonight in Houston by defeating the Butler Bulldogs by a 52-41 score in the ultimate grinder of a game. This is a team that some did not even think would make the NCAA Tournament before the season. They were the ninth seed in the Big East Tournament. But they stood alone as champions in New York and now they can stand alone as champions across the country.
This was a total defensive battle as both teams struggled to make shots tonight as UConn shot 34.5% while Butler shot a putrid 18.8% from the field. Kemba Walker, who has been the stud on the court that UConn has needed all year, led all scorers with 16 points. His teammates Jeremy Lamb (12 points) and Alex Oriakhi (11 points, 11 boards) came up big tonight as well as they won Jim Calhoun his third national championship as coach of the Huskies.
This is Butler's second straight loss in the national championship game. Shelvin Mack led the Bulldogs with 13 points. But those Butler Bulldogs can hang their head high after they put together their second straight incredible run to the tournament final that has given hope to all small schools in the NCAA Tournament.
Only four other coaches have won three national championships as Calhoun joins that special club tonight. Calhoun also become the oldest head coach to win a national title as he is 68 years young.
As Jim Nantz stated as the game concluded, "The Huskies are the top dog in 2011!"


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