Triple Zero Hero: Da'Sean Butler Gives West Virginia First Big East Title

Ryan CookFeatured ColumnistMarch 13, 2010

NEW YORK - MARCH 13: Da'Sean Butler #1 of the West Virginia Mountaineers reacts after a foul is called during the second half against the Georgetown Hoyas during the championship of the 2010 NCAA Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 13, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)
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If you thought Kansas vs. Kansas State couldn't be topped Saturday night, Georgetown and West Virginia surely ruined your plans.

In what seemed like the makings of a classic game from the very beginning, turned into an all out slug fest as the No. 22 ranked Georgetown Hoya's headed into New York to face the No. 7 West Virginia Moutaineers in a Big East clash that seem to feature two of the most unlikely contenders.

With Syracuse and Villanova out of the picture, the talk shifted to Da'Sean Butler and Austin Freeman, who have arguably been the two best players in the Tourney so far.

Buzzer beaters and left handed finger rolls have been the talking point of the past couple of weeks, adding to the intensity that was to follow on Saturday night. 

When the clock struck triple zero though in the dying stages of a memorable Big East tournament, Da'Sean Butler walked out of New York a happy man, as his once miserable West Virginia Mountaineers secured their first ever Big East Title.

For those NBA fans out there that are reading this, you may be used to buzzer beaters from the free throw line, maybe from the likes of Kobe Bryant or LeBron James.  But Da'Sean Butler?  Well it almost goes without saying that no one expected to see him pull off the impossible against the Hoyas.

However, I was wrong, and so were about 10,000 other people, as Da'Sean did the unthinkable once again and left Georgetown feeling like Cincinnati on a long flight home.

Whether it's from the three point line or the free throw line, Da'Sean makes his job look easy.  Maybe it was due to the poor defense that Georgetown showed through the majority of the game, but there was always that uneasy feeling that made you think, "If this comes down to the dying stages, give the ball to Da'Sean."

Big East Champions now, NCAA Tournament winners the next?  Well, we'll just have to wait and see.  One thing is for sure though, credit is due to Georgetown.  For a team to have gone through such a disappointing 2009 season to bounce back the way they did in one of the toughest tourney's to date, is more than just impressive.

West Virginia on the other hand have hopefully won some respect.  A team that originally was written off from the get go, has now earned a place in my "On the bubble" list.  Whether or not you choose to do the same is your own call, but the simple fact is West Virginia are Big East Champs, and they aren't the rollover team we once imagined them to be.