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Most of the credit for Butler’s nightmare should be accorded to the UConn Huskies. UConn’s taller, more athletic players intimidated Butler right from the very start, even though the Huskies shot only 34 percent from the field themselves. They completely shut down Butler’s two stars, Matt Howard and Shelvin Mack.

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Hollywood writers couldn’t script a better ending to the college basketball season. The 2011 Final Four in Houston guarantees there will be another David versus Goliath match-up in the championship game. Hopefully we are witnessing a changing of the guard in college basketball, opening up the NCAA tournament to a wider range of schools. This years tournament proves that all any team really needs is a chance.

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The University of Connecticut women steamrolled Florida State 93-62 on Tuesday night. They have now gone 89 straight games without losing.
The streak started 25 months ago against Georgia Tech. No college basketball team, men’s or women’s has ever won that many games in a row. We could say – “so what – they’re just girls.” And Connecticut is at or near the top every year anyway, what’s the big deal?

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have at times been pretty critical of women’s basketball, particularly this year with the University of Connecticut’s mind-numbingly boring winning streak of 76 straight. But be assured, there is at least one UConn game that I am looking forward to watching.

I want to see how Baylor University’s Brittney Griner, matches up against the powerhouse Lady Huskies this Sunday night in the women’s Final Four.

Will the long-armed 6’8“ Griner be able to block the shots of UConn’s All-American tandem of Tina Charles and Maya Moore? Can she smackdown college basketball’s best women’s team, or will she be intimidated or frustrated?

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The fact is – whether we say it out loud or not, basketball is better when it is flashy, acrobatic and above the rim. I don’t care what the so-called basketball purists say, because if they were really true to their alleged principles, then they’d embrace ladies basketball and all other forms of ground-based hoops. Most people, purists included, do not like to see guys or gals who can’t run or jump. They say they do, but the attendance figures and the ratings don’t back that up.

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