Butler Bulldogs vs UConn Huskies
April 04, 2011
In a championship game that almost no one picked (outside of the fans for each school), the Butler Bulldogs are trying for the second year in a row to win their first NCAA Men's Basketball Championship. Standing in their way though, is one of the more successful programs and coaches in recent history.
Jim Calhoun, and more importantly, Kemba Walker, and the rest of the Connecticut Huskies are looking to add another notch to the school's belt.
I remember back in December when the Maui Invitational was being played and UCONN beat around what was at the time, a very promising Michigan State team. It was during that tournament that Kemba Walker first catapulted onto the national stage. He was averaging 30+ points per game and no one could stop him or the Huskies.
It was then that I thought to myself, "One man does not a team make". Just ask John Wall and the Kentucky Wild Cats from last year.
But I may be wrong. Or, more importantly, Kemba Walker is just right.
His explosive energy on the court has made him a constant force to be reckoned with this season.
And while Walker alone is reason enough to be ready to put this one in the books, Butler has the advantage of having been here before. And not just before at all, but last year, before.
Reaching the championship game in back to back years is not a common feat. And for each player on Butler's team who is still feeling the sting from Duke last year, you know they will be ready for UCONN this year.
That just leaves Jim Calhoun. Not that Butler's coach isn't worth mentioning. Brad Stevens is clearly doing something right. But Calhoun is older and wiser. If there was a time to save a trick or two up your sleeve, it's the NCAA Championship game.
Tune into CBS tonight at 8:30pm CST to see which team can pull it out.
*Note: Which dog would win, a bulldog or a huskie?