Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Microcosm of Life

Some days you just can't buy a bucket. Butler had one of those days last night.

That was the worst performance in a national title game ever.

12 of 64 shooting. 18.8%. If you thought they were bad in the first half (and they were) the second half was even worse. After Chase made a 3-pointer early in the second half to make it 25-19, they were outscored 22-3 over the next 13 minutes. And missed 22 shots over that time.

It does sort of change Butler's place in history, but you can't just be terrible and win 5 tournament games two years in a row. They just had an exceedingly bad game at the worst possible time.

So did Jim Nantz. First of all, he called Kemba Walker "Walker Texas Ranger."

Note: because I was watching on tape and scanning prodigiously I would have missed that nugget if Bill had not texted me about it.

He also said "the Huskies are the top dogs" as soon as the game ended. What's most galling is he claims he doesn't plan those cheesy lines, of course he does.

Jim Nantz is absolutely the worst announcer ever. In a game where one team missed more than 80 percent of its shots, he was still the worst.

What the Big East lost by having so many teams go out so early it regained by having its 9th place team win the whole tournament. UConn went 9-9 in the conference and unbeaten against everyone else.

As I have said on several other occassions, this is the downside of a tournament with a lot of upsets. The quality of play in the biggest games can be poor. This didn't happen last year with Butler but it certainly did this time, by historic proportions.


JDM said...

Both teams had dogs as their mascots... so of course Nantz had that line planned. It would have worked no matter who one. He's an ass.

jleary said...

Nantz also said it was a "dog fight" and UNCONN won "best in show"....he was up half the night thinking of those

Paul said...

Yes, I knew I left something out. It was something close to "it was huskies vs. bulldogs, we knew it was going to be a dog fight. and the huskies were best in show."

Jim Nantz said...

Hello Friends -

The line also would have worked no matter who "won"