NEW YORK—It wasn’t the Mona Lisa by any stretch of the imagination. In fact some may even call it an eyesore. That is how ugly this past Monday night’s NCAA championship game was played. But the important thing is one team had to win and another team had to lose. Games in basketball never end with a tied score. The championship game featured a Cinderella (a team from a smaller school) team in the Butler Bulldogs and a team that was unlikely in the University of Connecticut Huskies.
The Connecticut Huskies prevailed 53-41. Some may say that score wasn’t so bad, but it was when you consider that UConn scored only 19 points to Butler’s 22 points. The score was actually tied at 19 until one of the players, Shelvin Mack, hit a 3 pointer at the buzzer.
Some people likened the final game to a great movie with a terrible ending that leaves the audience a bit disjointed. One of the reasons why that is being said is because both teams had a strange road to the Final Four. Butler, although it was in the championship game for the second time in as many years, was not considered a favorite to repeat. Neither was UConn expected to go as far as it did. In fact, UConn was picked to finish 9th in the 16 seeded Big East seeding chart.
UConn went on a glorious run by winning 5 games in 5 nights to capture the well respected Big East Tournament crown. They then followed that up by winning the 6 games required by the NCAA to be hailed champions. Kemba Walker, the wunderkind guard from the Bronx, was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. It was well deserved and really showed what a small man could do if he has a big heart. Walker just recently declared he was going pro and will thus forego his senior season at the University of Connecticut. Walker however has a GPA over 3.00 and is very close to graduating early. That’s true Bronx Pride!
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