28AT12/07 - Final
27AT12/07 - Final
UCONN Wins 2011 Men's Basketball National Championship
POSTED: Monday, April 4, 2011 - 9:03pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - 1:56pm
The only thing that could stop Kemba Walker and Connecticut's amazing run was the final buzzer.
UConn made Butler look like the underdog it really was, winning the national championship Monday night with an old-fashioned, grinding 53-41 beatdown of the Bulldogs.
Walker finished with 16 points for the Huskies (32-9), who won their 11th straight game since closing the regular season with a 9-9 Big East record that foreshadowed none of this.
They closed it out with a defensive showing for the ages, holding Butler to a 12-for-64 shooting. That's 18.8 percent, the worst ever in a title game, which made for an ugly overall night but turned into the kind of game a grizzled old coach like Jim Calhoun could love.
At age 68, he became the oldest coach to win the NCAA championship and joined John Wooden, Adolph Rupp, Mike Krzyzewski and Bob Knight as only the fifth coach to win three NCAA titles.