When a CBS sideline reporter asked Brad Stevens about his team's offensive woes as he left the court at halftime of Monday's national title game, the exasperated Butler coach chided her for not recognizing the exceptional defense UConn was playing.
"Both teams are guarding hard," he said. "It may not be pretty offensively."
Indeed, Butler's 53-41 loss wasn't pretty offensively, but Stevens never could have imagined how poorly his Bulldogs would handle UConn's stingy defense, quick feet and length around the rim.
They shot a title game record-low 18.8 percent from the field. They attempted an astonishing 33 3-pointers, making nine. And they made just 3-of-31 shots they attempted from inside the arc, some of the misses altered by UConn's shot blockers and others rushed out of fear of having the ball swatted away.
The historically inept shooting performance was a tragic way for eighth-seeded Butler's fairytale NCAA tournament run to end. At one point this season the Bulldogs were 14-9Read More »from Butler makes wrong kind of history with awful shooting night