UConn Huskies Beat The Butler Bulldogs In NCAA Championship GameCategory: Basketball
In a dogfight, who would have thought that a husky can win against a bulldog?
Well, in a basketball game at least.
The Connecticut Huskies won its third NCAA Basketball Tournament Championship with a 53-41 victory over the Butler Bulldogs.
This is a team who has lost 7 or their last 11 NCAA Division I basketball season games but managed to claim its seventh Big East Tournament title by becoming the first school to win five conference tournament games in five days, led by guard Kemba Walker who scored 130 points – the most points scored in any conference tournament in the past 15 seasons.
In the NCAA tournament, it survived five grueling rounds beating Bucknell, Cincinnati, San Diego State, Arizona and Kentucky along the way.
In the Finals, it actually trailed Butler 19-22 at halftime – the lowest scoring first half in a national championship game since 1946 (40 total points – Oklahoma State 23, North Carolina 17).
It finally pulled away in the second half as Butler suffered a monumental collapse.
The Bulldogs made only 12 of 64 attempts for an 18.8% conversion – the worst ever in a title game breaking a record that had stood since 1941.
Other dubious records set?
Butler’s 41 points were 10 points fewer than the worst showing in the shot-clock era in a championship game. (Michigan scored 51 in a loss to Duke in 1992). Butler’s 12 field goals were the second fewest in a championship game – three more than Oklahoma made way back in 1949.
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