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Butler-UConn: Huskies win the title, 53-41

April 4, 2011 |  8:32 pm

Butler-uconn9_600 Shelvin Mack makes a three-pointer for Butler with two minutes to go, his first points of the second half. So meaningless, UConn leading 48-38.

Poor Pacific 10 (12). Washington State, so far, has the lowest field-goal percentage in a national championship game (21%). Is Butler going to steal that? Seems so.

Butler coach Brad Stevens finds out just how hard this all is. UConn wins, 53-41. "Huskies are the top dog," says CBS broadcaster Jim Nantz. And this is what some people will remember of the mid-majors.

UConn Coach Jim Calhoun wins his third national championship. One for each of the three games he had to sit out this year for NCAA violations.

Oh, and Nantz again: "Connecticut wins best in show." That line is of the quality of the game.

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-- Diane Pucin

Photo: UConn's Kemba Walker (15), Donnell Beverly (2) and Tyler Olander (10) celebrate with their teammates after defeating Butler, 53-41, in the NCAA championship game on Monday night at Reliant Stadium in Houston. Credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

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