It was one of the ugliest NCAA championship finals that I remember but I'm not sure UConn cares. The Huskies will take a title any way they can. Connecticut beat Butler on Monday night in the NCAA championship game, 53-41. Neither team shot well and, if you're a fan of exciting basketball, you probably wouldn't have liked this game.
The two teams scored 2.35 points per minute. To hit the over/under of 131.5 points, they would need to play 16 more minutes.
It was 22-19 at halftime and the stars for both teams just couldn't hit anything. Butler's Matt Howard went 1-of-13 from the field and scored seven points. Kemba Walker hit 5-of-19 shots and scored 16 points.
Butler especially had problems scoring. Andrew Smith shot 2-of-9 from the field and Shawn Vanzant was 2-of-10. In all, Butler was a whopping 18 percent from the field hitting on 12-of-64 shots. That's incredible. They were 9-of-33 from three-point land which was the only reason this game was close.
UConn wasn't shooting much better hitting on just 34 percent of their shots and going 1-of-11 from three. Jeremy Lamb had 12 second half points which was huge and Alex Oriakhi put up 11 and 11 which was also big, especially on a day where neither side could hit a great shot.
UConn is your 2011 NCAA tournament champion.
For more on the game, check out SB Nation.