2011 NCAA National Championship: Breaking Down Butler and UConn

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2011 NCAA National Championship: Breaking Down Butler and UConn
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And then there were two.

One of the wildest NCAA Tournament's in recent memory will come to a conclusion tonight with a championship game that almost no one picked to happen. 

It's easy to see the names Butler and Connecticut and get drawn into the David vs. Goliath storyline that's been written ad nauseum over the past 24 hours. But make no mistake, this isn't a battle of David vs. Goliath.

It's a battle of David vs. David.


In ESPN/USA Today's first preseason poll, Connecticut didn't receive a single vote. 

Yes, you read that right.

UConn was a complete afterthought. It was only after an amazing start that saw them upset Kentucky and win the Maui Invitational that anyone took them seriously. As their season wore on, UConn came back to the pack and when the Big East Tournament started, UConn was the 9th seed and faced a major uphill battle. 

After beginning the season ranked 18th, Butler fell out of the Top 25 by week three. On February 3rd, they walked off the court after losing to lowly Youngstown State. They had hit rock bottom.

At one point or another, both of these teams were completely written off by the pundits. But then something funny happened to them. 

They figured out how to win.

We all know what happened next. Butler hasn't lost a game since that night in Youngstown, and all UConn did was go on a run of epic proportions to win the BIg East Championship and earn a spot in the national championship game.

Wow. Is it Monday night yet?

Let's break down this game.

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