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Be afraid America — be very afraid.
They might feel like the 1990s Buffalo Bills to some, but if you watch the Bulldogs play, you’ll have a greater appreciation for what they do on the basketball court.
Some people told me I was crazy when I made that statement prior to Kentucky’s win over Louisville on Saturday but when you watch “MKG” play, it’s tough not to see why he’s more valuable than anyone else in college basketball.
The old guy can still teach. After winning his third NCAA championship, Jim Calhoun was as gracious as could be, especially for a guy crossing the threshold into greatness.
Simply, it’s easy to root for Butler. At least it is for me. UConn is not NYC-North, but rather Boston-Lite. If you’re a native New Yorker then you’re born with the mean, territorial gene, predisposed to hate all things New England.
Butler and Connecticut will meet Monday night — the eighth-seeded Bulldogs trying to finish the deal after coming oh-so-close last season and the third-seeded Huskies, led by Kemba Walker, going for their 11th straight victory after a regular season that foreshadowed none of this.
Kemba Walker provides the Bulldogs with a challenge they have yet to face during their two-year run through the bracket — a superstar. Shutting him down is almost an impossible task. Slowing him down isn’t much easier.
When Jim Calhoun was 28 and just gaining a foothold in coaching, he figured he already had all the answers. “Now I’m 68,” Calhoun said Sunday, “and I have a lot of questions.”
Saturday night’s Final Four broadcast on CBS posted an 8.9 rating and a 17 share. That’s tied for the highest since 2005.
Coach Brad Stevens says his team respects Walker but can’t focus too much attention on him because it could leave room for other UConn players to get loose.
It’s the school from the aptly named Big East against the school from the Horizon League. It’s the team with a superstar against one that plays the team game seamlessly.
With plenty of help from Pittsburgh, Butler found another way to pull off a stunning upset in the NCAA tournament. Matt Howard made one free throw with 0.8 seconds left to cap a wild final sequence, and Butler eliminated top-seeded Pittsburgh 71-70 Saturday.