The 2011 NCAA Final Four concludes tonight with the national championship game between the Connecticut Huskies and Butler Bulldogs. UConn is trying to win its third title under Jim Calhoun, while Butler is looking to avenge last year's two-point defeat in the finals at the hands of the Duke Blue Devils.
The Huskies have jumped on the back of point guard Kemba Walker, as the junior star has emerged as one of the best players in the country. The Bulldogs have reached this familiar position in large in part because of the play of Matt Howard. It may not always look pretty, but the presence of Howard inside helps the Bulldogs get the job done.
But while Walker and Howard may be the stars, they will need a strong supporting cast if they expect to cut down the nets tonight. Connecticut has received some very strong play in the backcourt from freshman Jeremy Lamb, as well as Shabazz Napier. They also count on strong defense from Alex Oriakhi.
The Bulldogs have a great catalyst in Shelvin Mack, who has turned into the team's top scoring option, but they also can dial it up with Ronald Nored and Shawn Vanzant. Andrew Smith also gives the team valuable minutes in the paint.
As well as both teams have played, only one will come out on top tonight. Will Calhoun capture his third NCAA championship or will Brad Stevens bring home his first?
Will Walker or Howard be named as the Most Outstanding Player?
Stay tuned for all of that and more on championship Monday.