The NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship game did not live up to the rest of the madness. UConn put on a defensive display of excellence, while the Butler Bulldogs hit a lot of rim. Butler pulled a Game 7 Kobe performance (6-24) and shot 12 for 64 (18.8%, 9-33 from 3pt, only 2 points in the paint!!) on their way to losing to the Huskies of Connecticut, 53-41. Even on a rough shooting night, Kemba Walker (5-19) led the way for UConn with 19 points and 9 rebounds. It was a defensive struggle from the start that resulted in a 22-19 Butler lead at the break. Shelvin Mack (4-15, 13 pts) hit a buzzer beater at the end of the first half and it looked as though it was going to spark an otherwise boring basketball game. It didn’t. UConn outscored Butler 34-19 in the 2nd half and pulled out the victory. Their defense won the game for them as the team ended up with a +11 rebounding difference and 10 blocks. Sophomore F/C Alex Oriakhi led the way with 11 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks. Butler’s leading scorer was Mack as UConn’s formidable post defense held Matt Howard to 7 points and 6 rebounds. It was a not-so-great ending to an excellent tournament, and I expect to see a lot from both programs in the upcoming years. UConn should return 3 to 4 starters, as I expect only Kemba Walker to go to the NBA Draft. On the other side, Butler could lose its top two players (Howard and Mack) to the NBA. 756sports hopes you enjoyed our coverage of the madness. Make sure to continue to check back in as we will have top-notch coverage of the upcoming NBA Playoffs and mock drafts for the June 2011 NBA Draft.