Bad shooting dropped to a new low last night as the UConn Huskies beat Butler in what was easily the most ugly NCAA Championship Game in decades.
Both teams played tough, physical defense, but the fiasco that was the 2011 Championship Game was not a product of lock-down defenders and in-your-face pressure.
This, unfortunately, was simply the perfect storm of good players who seemingly couldn't connect on basic jump shots, lay-ups and put-backs.
Throughout the tournament, UConn and Butler had successfully put the ball in the basket against top opponents from around the country.
But, on this historic Monday night in Houston, the ball was having a hard time going through the hoop.
Here is a picture of how bad things were for the Bulldogs:
- Butler shot only 18.8 percent from the field, the lowest shooting percentage by any team in a National Championship Game (NCG).
- Butler shot 3/31 from two-point range in this game, just 9.7 pct and the fewest two-point FGs made in NCG history. The next fewest two-point FGs made in a NCG was nine by Oklahoma State in 1949.
- Butler shot 9/33 (27.3 percent) from three-point range. The Bulldogs' 33 attempts is second-most in a NCG. Illinois fired 40 three-point attempts in 2005 against North Carolina.
Even National Champion UConn only shot 19/55 from the field (34.5 percent) including 1/11 (9.1 percent). NINE PERCENT !!!
The following is a list of the worst National Championship Game shooting performances (before last night) in college basketball history.
More specifically, this list will detail how horrible some very good teams shot from beyond the arc in a title game.