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Season 2011 Episode 67

Connecticut vs. Butler

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Aired Thursday 12:00 PM Apr 04, 2011 on CBS
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Connecticut vs. Butler
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The National Championship game between the West Region #3 seed Connecticut Huskies and the Southeast Region #8 seed Butler Bulldogs at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.
Final Score: Connecticut 53 Butler 41

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  • 4/4

    6.0
    Not that bad.



    The game was actually not that bad. Both teams came out pumped up and played hard on defense. They were nervous, but these are still kids, not professional athletes, so that should be understood. Seeing UConn's reemergence in the second half really was a sight to see. Butler just did not know what to do. For the first time all tournament they were just outclassed and Brad Stevens was stumped.



    Not the most riveting game ever, one of the weaker ones of this tournament to be honest, but hey, it really was not as bad as the media is making it out to be.moreless
  • What to say about this game?

    5.5
    I picked Connecticut to win this game by 10-12 and for once, literally(!), was right. I had no idea it would look like this. I hoped Butler would win becuase UConn already has two championships, but they were overmatched and outclassed on the evening. I don't think anyone could have imagined an 18.8% shooting effort and the lowest winning score in over 60 years.



    As the guys said, it's too bad that this is the performance that the nation is left with to remember Butler, becuase they deserve so much credit for getting to two national championship games. It was an interesting tournament full of upsets, the biggest being VCU's arrival at the Final Four.



    It was the first time in Tournament history that neither a #1 or #2 seed made the Final Four and that was neat. Congratulations to the Huskies, they are deserving champions.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Final Score
      Connecticut 53 Butler 41

    • Head Coaches:
      Connecticut: Jim Calhoun
      Butler: Brad Stevens

    • Connecticut Guard Kemba Walker was named the NCAA Tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

      Joining Walker on the All-Tournament team were Jamie Skeen (Virginia Commonwealth), Matt Howard and Shelvin Mack (Butler) and Jeremy Lamb (Connecticut).

    • This was Connecticut's third appearance in the National Championship game and their third national title.

      This was Butler's second appearance in the National Championship game and the second in two years.

    • Connecticut's winning score of 53 was the lowest in an NCAA Championship game since 1949, when Kentucky beat Oklahoma A&M 46-36.

    • Butler's 18.8% (12-64) shooting percentage was the lowest in NCAA Championship game history. The Bulldogs made only three 2-point shots all game shooting 9.7% (3-31) from inside the arc.

    • At age 68, Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun becomes the oldest man to coach a national championship team. He also joins John Wooden, Adolph Rupp, Mike Krzyzewski and Bob Knight as only the fifth coach to win three NCAA men's titles.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Butler Coach Brad Stevens: I don't care if they make shots. I don't love 'em any less because we lost. You know, they've been terrific. You're not always going to make shots. That's part of the game. Very rarely will you go 12 of 64. But UConn had a lot to do with that. For whatever reason, we just couldn't make 'em.

      Butler Coach Brad Stevens: We're coming out of a locker room that's hurting, a locker room that has a lot of pride. Without question, 41 points and 12 of 64 is not good enough to win any game, let alone the national championship.

      Butler Coach Brad Stevens: Any time you lose it stings. But what they've achieved is remarkable and can't be overstated. Our kids, our staff and our school recognize the magnitude of this accomplishment.

      Butler Coach Brad Stevens: They challenged shots better than any team we faced all year.

    • Connecticut Guard Kemba Walker: You see the tears on my face. I have so much joy in me, it's unreal. It's surreal. I'm so happy right now.

      Connecticut Guard Kemba Walker: It was tough shooting in the first half, but in the second half, we stuck with each other. We told each other we were going to make shots, and that's what we did.

    • Connecticut Coach Jim Calhoun: It may be the happiest moment of my life.

      Connecticut Coach Jim Calhoun: The halftime speech was rather interesting. The adjustment was, we were going to out-will them and outwork them.

      Connecticut Coach Jim Calhoun: If you like it wide open and you want nothing but a 49-42 football game with a lot of scores, it wasn't your game. If you want two teams, I can tell the way they play, they gave it everything they have. To me that's beauty. Yeah, you'd like a few more baskets made certainly. But it was two teams that weren't going to give into each other and finally our superiority took over. But, damn, I loved it in the sense of the fact of the fight, competitiveness between the two teams.

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