I shouldn’t have to remind anybody what tonight is but just in case you’ve been so wrapped up in the Cricket World Championships that you’ve forgotten about the rest of the sports world, I will. Tonight is the NCAA Mens Basketball National Championship game. That’s right, the 68-team March Madness Tournament is down to its final two teams: the University of Connecticut Huskies vs. the Butler Bulldogs .
I’m no basketball expert but I do love me a good sports story and this championship game has a couple of them. Let’s break it down.
Here’s why UConn should win
I would think UConn is the favourite heading into the game tonight simply because they were seeded No. 3 in their region while Butler was seeded No. 8. UConn’s story is an interesting one as they went through their conference tournament knocking off 5 ranked teams in 5 straight days. That alone is an outstanding achievement. Factor in their 5 tournament wins and well, that’s even more outstanding. I am blown away by this run and it would be amazing to see UConn top off the best March/April we have ever seen from an NCAA mens basketball team.
Here’s why Butler should win
Don’t be fooled by Butler’s rank, they’ve been to the dance before. Last year, Butler, who was considered a Cinderella story, made it to the finals against mighty Duke. It was a classic David vs. Goliath matchup and the little guy, Butler, rimmed out on the final shot and fell just short. There are a lot of reasons to hate Duke basketball but last year, there were even more reasons to fall in love with Butler. It would be amazing to see the little guy break through and take a championship from the big boys of college basketball.
As I warned earlier, I am not a basketball expert. Because I don’t know the players or the coaches or the rules, I usually have to find other ways to pick my winners. That other way is mascots. Unfortunately, tonight’s game features a Husky going up against a Bulldog. Dog vs. dog? Come on! Even this one is too close to call!
This is going to be an amazing basketball game with some amazing stories coming out regardless of who wins. Be sure to tune in. 9 pm ET on CBS.