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The True Power-Conference: UCONN Wins March Madness Tournament

Kemba "Sky" Walker Leads UCONN and the Big East to a National Championship

Finally all the naysayers can shut their mouths. All we heard after the first weekend of the NCAA tournament was the Big East didn’t deserve to have 11 teams selected to play in the Tournament.  Well guess what.  It matters who wins on the last day not the first day (although if had Butler won, a case could be made for this play).  And on this last day, the Big East reigned supreme.  Led by player of the year contender Kemba Walker’s 16 points and 9 boards, UCONN redeemed the Big East’s overall poor performance in this year’s tournament.  When Butler came out in a zone defense in the second half, UCONN moved away from the pick and roll.  After coach Jim Calhoun’s halftime adjustments, the Huskies instead utilized baseline screens to create open jumpers and drives to the basket.  Alex Oriakhi had an 11 point 11 rebound double-double, and Jeremy Lamb chipped in with 12 points and 7 boards.  Calhoun is now 3-0 in National Championship games.

Butler deserves the utmost respect for their performance during the past two Tournaments.  The New York Times determined that Butler’s odds of making the Championship Game this year were .9 percent.  Last year they were listed at 1.5 percent.  The Times goes on to calculate that the odds of Butler making the National Championship both of those years was 7,406 to 1.  Hats off to the Bulldogs.

There are many things in question before a new college basketball season begins.  Who will enter the draft this year?  What coaching changes will be made (is Brad Stevens going to stay at a small mid-major when schools will most likely be opening their coffers for him?).  And how will the top recruits perform?  What isn’t in question is the fact that in 2011 the UCONN Huskies and Big East are champions.  Go Huskies.

5 responses to “The True Power-Conference: UCONN Wins March Madness Tournament

  1. 20 Bones April 5, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    still doesn’t mean anything about the conference just means they had a good team. besides that it was a big dissapointment for the big east this year in the tournament.

    • Papa Bear April 5, 2011 at 3:01 PM

      True, but from year to year the Big East has the largest number of teams that have a chance in making the Final Four/Winning a Championship. Other conferences are dominant but only have a couple of dominant teams: ACC- UNC and Duke, Pac 10- UCLA and Arizona, Big Ten- Indiana and Mich St, Big 12- Kansas, SEC- Florida and Kentucky. While those programs win a majority of Championships, your argument against the Big East works better for those other conferences.

  2. gomattg April 5, 2011 at 5:04 PM

    That was possibly one of the most boring championship games I’ve ever watched. The huskies played some great defense but 18% shooting by Butler? C’mon……

    • Bartledoo April 6, 2011 at 4:27 PM

      Big East my ass. UCONN’s a team of illiterate thugs who won the lottery, Calhoun’s a bigot and a pedophile, and that was the worst game of basketball I’ve ever seen. Even Charles Barkley compared the game to the ugly women he used to date in high school.

      • Papa Bear April 6, 2011 at 4:34 PM

        I thought Charles Barkley was an ugly woman? You just hate because your squad BC left the Big East so they could become Duke and UNC’s bitch

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