Two teams have given it their all to be in this position to play to be crowned king of the dance 2011. But I highly doubt that anybody saw these two teams to be in this position. But it will be the Butler Bulldogs and the Connecticut Huskies dueling for the national championship on Monday night.
The Bulldogs are aiming to finish off what they were unable to do last year when they barely lost to the Duke Blue Devils in the title game. Butler fought hard and lived on the edge every game of this NCAA Tournament and it culminated with them hanging on to beat the even more surprising Virginia Commonwealth Rams today in the first national semifinal by a 70-62 score.
And for the Connecticut Huskies, a team that some did not even think would make the NCAA's before the season, they will be making their third appearance in a title game and they won in their first two appearances. This young and inexperienced team was led all season by the simply incredible play by Kemba Walker, who has proven that there is nothing that he cannot do. And now after just getting by the Kentucky Wildcats in the second national semifinal 56-55, they will be playing for all the marbles.
It will be the Huskies and the Bulldogs. In a tournament chock full of surprises and shocks, can we really forecast what could go down in the national championship game?
Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg, and Steve Kerr recap Semifinal Saturday from Reliant Stadium in Houston.