Here we are. Championship night for Battle of the Losers 2011. Georgetown is looking for a 2nd consecutive BOTL title, while Clemson are in the championship game for the first time after being in this competition the previous three seasons. But first, Utah State play Tennessee for the consolation game.
Don’t troll, don’t swear too much, don’t act like a moron, enjoy the basketball. It’s UConn against Butler to decide the most unlikely of national champions. I’ve got UConn winning this one 80-71 as Kemba Walker leads all scorers with 25 points and Jeremy lamb chips in 16. UConn’s speed will be too much for the Bulldogs and they’ll shut down Matt Howard on the inside through Alex Oriakhi and get Howard into early foul trouble. I’m looking forward to Shelvin Mack vs. Kemba Walker and the return of Luther Vandross’ One Shining Moment after that nonsense that was Jennifer Hudson’s version.
UConn vs. Butler on Monday night. Let the hype begin! The Huskies nearly blew a double-digit halftime lead but hung on for a one point win against the Wildcats and they will play Butler for the National Championship. Kemba Walker had another fine game, scoring 16 points along with 7 assists. We have a pre-season NR in UConn against hte #8 seeded Butler and I’m sure absolutely none of us saw that one coming.
With tonight’s games out of the way there’s only one important question….
One Cinderella team had to go and it wasn’t going to be Butler tonight. Brad Stevens and his Butler Bulldogs are in the National Championship Game yet again after a hard fought 70-62 win over Virginia Commonwealth. The #11 seed just could not maintain their three-point shooting success (8-22) and were badly dominated on the boards at both ends and the Rams’ stunning run has ended. VCU has nothing to be ashamed of and Shaka Smart will definitely be getting offers (hopefully he rejects them) for vacant coaching positions.
Butler was too strong and too big in the paint for the Rams to handle and now they face the winner of UConn/Kentucky. Shelvin Mack was sensational and their composure in close games is phenomenal. The last #8 seed to make the final was the only one to make it — The Villanova Wildcats of 1985. All the Wildcats did was stun Georgetown 66-64 in one of the biggest upsets in college basketball history. The Bulldogs came close last year to pulling off a shocking upset as a #5 seed, now they’re a #8 with another chance to win one for the little guy.
Congratulations once again to the Butler Bulldogs and I look forward to Monday night!