I turned on the Finals game last night with great expectations of a good game, and hope that perhaps the Butler University Bulldogs would win the National Championship, beating the University of Connecticut Huskies. What I saw was a fair game the first half, both teams seemed nervous and shot cold but the score was close. Butler was ahead by a couple of points at halftime.
Then in the second half it got awful. For no discernible reason, not coaching on either side, not UConn’s defense, the Butler players just couldn’t get the ball through the hoop. They went 3 for 24 at the beginning of the first half and ended with the lowest shooting percentage in 70 (possibly more) years of the tournament. It was as if the basketball gods – or devils – had put a lid on the basket. I have never seen anything like it, and was, and still am, deeply sorry for the kids and their fine coach. I have read what the so-called pundits have said this morning, and a lot of it is baloney. This is about the best report I’ve read. No doubt, it was awful game in which to go cold, whatever the reason.
One thing I do believe is that having the games in huge arenas so more tickets can be sold and more profit made is a handicap for the players. Let them play in the familiar surrounds of a normal, university-sized court for heaven’s sake!