Butler Loses To UConn In National Championship

Houston- Monday night was a championship that won’t be forgotten, but not for a crazy high scoring affair, an exciting come from behind or even an exciting game.  We will forever remember defense, low scoring, and the number 18.8.

Butler was held to a NCAA record low 18.8 percent shooting, they were 12 for 64 on shots, in the second half they went for thirteen and a half minutes only making one basket.

“You just hope the shots go in,” Butler guard Zach Hahn said. “That’s how it’s been all tournament. Whenever we needed a big shot, somebody came up with it. I guess we just ran out of steam. Nobody could make ’em.”

“In my opinion, this one feels a little worse,” said Butler’s guard Ronald Nored.  “Last year I was more shocked. This year is pretty tough.”

The Huskies struggled in the first half also only putting up 19 points of their own. 

“It was tough shooting in the first half, but in the second half, we stuck with each other,” Huskies’ Kemba Walker said. “We told each other we were going to make shots, and that’s what we did.”

Defense helped keep UConn in the game even though they struggled in the first half they still played D the whole way through.

“So you need to understand that defense is going to take you and hold you in the game until your offense gets going, and that’s what I think happened tonight,” Huskies’ coach Jim Calhoun said after Mondays night championship game.

UConn held Butler to only 19 points in the second half, they dominated the paint out scoring the Bulldogs 26-2.  The Huskies added 34 in the final half ending the final tally at 53-41.  Shelvin Mack was the lead scorer for Butler putting in thirteen.  Kember Walker was the difference maker for the Huskies making 16 and grabbing 9 rebounds.

“We made some adjustments, “The major adjustment we made was that we were going to out will them and outwork them, and eventually we outplayed them.”  Said coach Jim Calhoun  “It may be the happiest moment of my life,”