HOUSTON (AP) — Kemba Walker scored 16 points and Connecticut beat Butler 53-41 on Monday night to give Jim Calhoun his third national championship, something only four other coaches have done.

The Huskies did it with defense holding the Bulldogs to a Final Four-record low 18.8 shooting percentage (12 for 64).

Connecticut capped one of college basketball’s best postseason runs, winning six games in the NCAA tournament after winning five games in as many days to win the Big East title.

It was the second straight year Butler lost in the championship game.

Last year they were beaten 61-59 by Duke.

Walker didn’t match his 25.0 average in the tournament, but the Huskies didn’t need a lot of points playing defense as they did.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (4)
  1. Clayton Bigsby says:

    Congrats UConn! The Huskies sure know how to win ugly. Big East Baby! Butler had a good run; they just ran into a long-overdue poor shooting night and a tough Big East defense. UConn closed out on the Butler shooters very well all night long.


    1. DORA says:

      yeah UCONN WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. dora says:

    wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo UCONN THATS WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT AND WE WILL BE BACK NEXT YEAR BUT AGAIN WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Go Huskies! says:

    A great time was had by many Conn expats and UConn alum at the SOUTHs bar on Wilshire tonight.

    Go UConn!!

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