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Butler-UConn: Bulldogs lead at halftime, 22-19

April 4, 2011 |  7:20 pm

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Butler's Shelvin Mack hits his first jump shot, a three-pointer, with 4:14 left to tie the score, 19-19.

And then, after a Butler foul, Jim Nantz says, "A break in the action." If only he had said, "Some action in the break." Because commercial interruptions are the highlights so far. It's hard to make the argument for  NCAA basketball over the NBA right now. But then you realize, they don't make NBA guys go play in a dome just out of the blue.

CBS shows the replay of Mack's three-pointer and praises his motion, but he was also unguarded. Everybody's motion is better unguarded.

By the way, has Connecticut ever practiced inbounding the ball?

Andrew Smith was fouled three times on the missed layup with about 2:50 left in the half. No call. Finally you can hear the boos.

"Tied at 19 inside of two minutes," Nantz says.

Some day they will be a book titled "How the Final Four died," and it will be about this game.

And then  Mack makes a three at the buzzer, giving Butler the lead at halftime, 22-19.

Butler scores the last six point of the first half. Think about that, UConn.

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-- Diane Pucin

Photo: Butler guard Shelvin Mack celebrates with teammate Ronald Nored after making a three-pointer at the end of the first half against UConn on Monday night in the NCAA championship game. Credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

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