The Connecticut Huskies won the NCAA Championship 53-41 over Butler as three point favorites at the online bookmaker on Monday in a game that was as ugly as it gets.
Butler led 22-19 at the half but they couldn’t hit anything in the second half and Connecticut pulled away to win and cover the offshore betting number at SBG.
One of the few players that had a decent game was Kemba Walker who finished with 16 points. He didn’t really shoot that well either but compared to what Butler did he was great. Walker was the star for Connecticut in the Big East tournament and he was the star of the NCAA Tournament as well. He was named the tournament’s most outstanding player and there was never any doubt he was going to win the award.
Butler’s Performance was Sickening
Butler shot 12 for 64 which translated to 18.8 percent. It is the worst shooting performance in NCAA history from a team in the title game. The Bulldogs were actually so bad that they were hard to watch for gamblers who backed them in offshore betting. Matt Howard who has led Butler for the past four seasons looked worse than a high school player. He was a pathetic 1 for 13 from the field in the loss. Butler’s performance was the worst-ever in a championship game since the shot-clock era.
Connecticut Adjusted, Butler Did Not
The NCAA title game was played at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas and the rims on the basketball court were very unforgiving. Connecticut trailed by three points at the half but they made adjustments to the harsh rims. The Huskies started to go inside more and rebound the ball. Butler continued to try and make shots from the outside and that was simply not happening on Monday. The Huskies actually outworked the Bulldogs and that is something that you almost never see with a Butler team. The Bulldogs got outworked, outhustled and outcoached. Online bookmaker stats indicated that Connecticut outscored Butler in the paint by a margin of 26-2. That is simply unbelievable but Butler just wouldn’t go inside as they were afraid of Connecticut’s height. Butler made just three shots all night from inside the 3-point line.
Connecticut’s Jim Calhoun who is 68 years old becomes the oldest coach ever to win the NCAA title. It is the third title for Calhoun who joins John Wooden, Adolph Rupp, Mike Krzyzewski and Bob Knight as coaches who have won three or more titles.