I've heard countless people make their prediction for this evenings National Championship Game in Houston. I'm STILL waiting to hear SOMEONE pick Butler to win it.
Apparently, no one has been watching the same NCAA Tournament I have.
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Here's three reason's why the Bulldogs will be cutting down the nets:
1. Shelvin Mack: The junior point guard doesn't get near the hype that the aforementioned Walker gets, but he can be just as dangerous. He showed that Saturday in Butler's national semifinal victory against Virginia Commonwealth by scoring 10-straight points in the second half to bust the game open. He's averaging over 16 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists per game in the tournament. And know this; when Butler needs a clutch play, it will be Mack that makes it.
2. Matt Howard: He leads Butler in scoring (16.7 points per game) and rebounding (7.8 per game). He can score inside and out, and has a knack for making big hustle plays in key situations. Also, his 3-point shooting ability will be a problem for Connecticut's big men, as he's shooting over 40% from behind the arc this season. Like Mack, Howard is an overlooked star of college basketball.
3. Brad Stevens: After the job this guy has done with the Bulldogs each of the last two seasons, he's bordering on genius status. He has the uncanny ability to make all the right moves to keep his team in big games. He's so crafty, that it's hard to believe he's only 34-years-old. He's sure to have a defensive plan that will slow UConn's one-man team in Walker, and he'll make the in-game adjustments on-the-fly necessary to outwit his veteran counterpart, coach Jim Calhoun.
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After the Bulldogs win one for the little guys tonight, you can ask the Huskies, too.