By Calvin Swanson
It may have been the ugliest championship game in NCAA Division I college basketball history, but, despite its lack of glamour, it was still a pretty ending for a remarkable run by the Connecticut Huskies.
Uconn defeated the Butler Bulldogs 53-41 Monday night in Houston, capping an improbable run where they won 11 straight games, according to a Washington Post article. This is the 3rd championship since 1999 for the Huskies and head coach Jim Calhoun, 68, who became the oldest coach to win a national championship.
The game was an offensive struggle to say the least. Butler lead Uconn at the end of the first half 22-19 but could not get past the Huskies' pesky defense in the final 20 minutes. The Bulldogs shot a dismal 12-64 from the field, which is 18.8 percent, the worst ever in a title game, according to an ESPN article.
The Huskies' (32-9) dominant run was lead junior All-American Kemba Walker who finished the game with 16 points and was named the Final Four's most outstanding player, the Washington Post reported.
This is second year in a row the Bulldogs (28-10) have walked off the big stage as runner-ups. Butler could not find its offensive rhythm and was outmanned by Uconn's size and athletic ability. Butler was outscored 26-2 in the paint and only made one field goal in a 13 minute span in the second half, according to ESPN.
The Washington Post reported the Huskies missed the tournament last year and finished the regular season ninth in the Big East conference in 2011. This was before the Huskies won five games in five days to win the Big East tournament and snag a three seed in the Big Dance.
ESPN reported the Huskies were perfect in tournament games this year, going 14-0 in the NCAA tournament, the Big East tournament and the Maui Invitational.