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She welcomed the hoops this area's NCAA championship game preview brought you bottom also will. His powerful pro team trade -- ball while Bryan Webber please be -- Bard College basketball -- Jon -- And we have a tee ball location in Houston at the final. John. Are you worried he was going to have one shining moment the -- that's what I'd been waiting for this for the past three weeks and like I said I've been wrong. The past three weeks so I'm hoping that I get it right this week. Won't find out who's going to be the top dog in the national title game the ball the bulldogs take yelled UConn Huskies. Butler had a record of fourteen and 96 weeks ago but for the second straight year they'll play for the national -- remember last year Gordon Hayward. Almost hit a desperation three pointer from half court at the buzzer to beat Duke. This year he sees these statistical breakdown the bulldogs are number eight seed that ties them for the lowest seed ever to play for a national championship. You gone to three -- that start the year very hot then limped into the big east tourney went five games to five days new York and they. Kept on rolling in the NCAA tournament the Huskies are looking for their third national championship in school history. We are going to analyze this game for every possible language on what your -- Shall thoughts on the match well my initial thoughts go to the story I mean we love stories in college basketball and this is perfect we got Campbell walker just rolling tide. At the big east tournament I mean just running through people we love what he did there without watching him do the same thing. In the NCAA tournament and in many ways I think a lot of people are rooting for him but himself. They don't know a lot about Connecticut basketball but we know about Campbell walker the only other side you have the true hoosiers store. I mean last year we thought it was a hoosiers -- but if you know anything about the real hoosiers story they lost the first year long in a state championship when he came back the next year they won so this is it. This is -- real hoosiers stories so that's what excites me we finally got what we'd like these true NCAA stories and I'm so excited to see what happens. It's OK now let's bring your story -- it's fox sports -- senior basketball writer Jeff Goodman whose spending used it all week covering the final four. Jeff let's focus on the backcourt plenty of star power in this one with gamble walker and Sheldon Mack who deal like on the very big state. Two great guards Brian I mean these are two guys who have obviously carried their teams at different times. I Campbell Walker's been sensational all year can really score the basketball. Is the leader of this team. You know -- young UConn team. Shelve him actors come on the second half the year really struggled the first out especially with his shot. But now he's the type of guy you can tell his confidence and swagger is back. But I like walker missed one. I mean cam has been the man. Opt for the first couple months of the year he was the best player in college basketball in over the last month he's on the scene. I think max got a little bit more help overall. But I'm taken walker in this if it goes to be a head to head match. No doubt camp was -- -- then let's move to the bigs you got we'll try to contain Matt Howard down low -- the Huskies be able to keep power off the -- Yes. I don't think so I don't thing anybody moved him out army -- to be honest you're you're gonna have to get fortunate maybe give Matt Howard in a foul trouble. This guy plays as hard as anybody in the country. You know to -- he's informants Tyler Hansbrough. You know I think the key here is going to be -- got an Al -- hockey does he show up does he played big does -- play with confidence -- -- god it's really up and down with his confidence. But a mariachi. Even Charles squander played well in the national semifinals. You've got its gonna take a team effort to try to keep -- our optical us. Okay Jeff now let's stop coaching we have the new school against the old school Brad Stevens -- Jim Calhoun. Describe a coaching styles and US the event. Well the -- to cells are completely different I mean you're not gonna find two more. Contrasting coaches Brad Stevens in Jim Calhoun Calhoun up fiery guy who's gonna get -- you can see him every couple minutes turns around and and issues a -- for profanity Izturis assistant coaches through his players but it works. Brad Stevens on the other side of the bench. God it's his cerebral. Doesn't really jump his players out martz are really talks and threw it. All styles of work for each guy I'm gonna go to guy who's won. Two national championships Brad Stevens a heck of a coach you can't question what he's done but again I'm -- got a couple rings on his finger. But does that mean you're gonna pick UConn because on Saturday night you picked Butler to win it all. Are you sticking with the bulldogs. Yeah I got a few hours of sleep I woke up I still feel pretty good about the pick I think he'd go either way I just think this Butler team on a mission. Not happy to be here like they were a year ago. An inch Alvin Mack just looks like -- different player right now and -- Beatrice and -- Ronald NORAD. Defend defending Campbell walker he is a god can give Campbell -- some problems so all out ominous that group Butler in this but again. When they waive his college that's what campaigns got anything can happen in this. All right Jeff thanks very much enjoy the national championship game once again Jim gal known as a star player leading his Huskies deep into the tournament. And on the brink of another national championship fox sports dot coms went Reagan -- has more from -- just. Thanks Brian banner hanging on Reliant Stadium reads the road ends here and when the final. Buzzer sounds Monday the road and that tandem at UConn head Coach Jim Calhoun and his star point guard Campbell locker. Could also be over -- -- -- -- Calgary's last game and they -- is on a new road to the NBA but their journey so far has been one of respect at. Admiration hard work. And ultimately success. Thought it was mean it's all -- from Washington you know the over the years gnawing growing up what. When I met him you know it was a whole different story. You know he's a reason Nolan. -- UConn. But he very few few of us are -- to transmit how we feel to others. I think Canada's two ways RC by his argument it is physical abilities on the -- by -- is incredible passion for us be successful off. -- coats and he's given me. Got a -- to be a leader on his immediate chances to leave his team and he's getting his chest to really voice my opinion on things so no that's what we've been. It would be -- so successful. You need extension and you really do as a coach and sometimes you have great ones and sometimes get good ones sometimes don't know once. We have a great one. You need to recognize that in and I certainly recognized and I think he's just come and now but he's on his way. The media and the greatest season of any. Incredible players. That we've had UConn. Any single season -- he's he's on his way to -- not consumer software and nobody else. And when he think about all the great players had to put on UConn uniform the ray -- the Cromwell as the rip Hamilton's for coaches at Camden is having the single greatest season ever in his 26 years UConn. That's saying a lot and now Calhoun in Camden yards is forty minutes away from having their road and with the national title. All right Brad thanks very much it's time now to take a look at our evolving player of the -- presented by muscle milk drink. A ball once Gordon Hayward moved onto the NBA. Sheldon matchup over butler's leading scoring scored six more points a game that last year has become more efficient shooter this year attorney getting over. 47% of -- shots. Fumble forced a job ones impressed you the most overall. About -- back. I liked term evolution I like or go -- this this evolution is great because we talk about the evolution. Of him as a player we talk to him. A talk about the evolution of him as as a teammate and a leader and -- wanna talk on the leadership I mean this is a guy that remember he was a best supporting actor lashing let's not the star. Gordon Taylor was the start without a doubt. Now this is that he he walked into this role. He accepted this role he now finds ways to take over games whether it's on the offensive side of the court the defense -- -- court coaching on the floor. I mean we we throw the term floor general around like it. Like we don't even know what it means but he is what epitomizes a fortune I mean really. He does everything that a coach could ask him to do when he needs to score he can score when he needs to control the tempo he can do so and even on defense he's a good rebounder. He's a lock down defender he's what every coach would dream about half and it seems like -- has gotten better and every game in this tournament let's get back to the evolution. Was it tell you about him from a personal standpoint well I I think it says a lot he's finally believing in the hype and we came out. And I know all the analysts we talked -- seven Mac is as is that he's now stalled. We tell him in the top twenty in the NBA draft. I think players can go one of two ways that some players they fall apart they don't know how to handle that pressure on the players that big a way to set I think they. I can hang here an NBA star so this is the guy who really is taking -- that role as an NBA player and just relishing it. And he realizes he's plane into -- championship games not many guys that played to get to do that. So I think this is a guy who's taking advantage of the opportunity. Taking advantage of all the hype that he's getting and roll with okay right outlets and you'd Houston we're Jeff Goodman is standing by would butler's star golf. Thanks Brian children you struggled out of the gates little bit this year. With -- have anything to do with my defense in the pre season and you you really had trouble -- I mean I think maybe got your head. You know your defense for its see anything like it this year. Throughout the season. Why not continue to get better these days in the fourth and that's that is what will will get another chance I know you're a little scary to me in DC maybe after the season. I and I got a master says that the where Iran right now what I don't wanna hurt our hair for a game -- -- -- you kinda -- -- how to guard. What. How many times have you watched that that final replay of the shot a year ago honestly. Not a really lost it too much good in Austin is soup commercial -- -- than it does this very -- it was inevitable but. -- -- before but again tomorrow did you sleep well last night just that pretty well last night you know is that. Best thing busiest -- not to get too excited. I was going to get ready humans and the -- get out there we've talked money through this season and and I'm not sure even you thought this was possible coming back -- -- -- may be in about your head but now that you're here is his account remarkable when you guys but it would use your. I did you know looking back in the season you know me and my teammates you know this -- -- it is -- about lawns is when -- conference play knows this so you. You know tough times last week. Are tough times last you know tough people last way longer -- -- -- got better -- -- believe these you know luckily we got here. So who cuts Matt Howard's here you won all its. They got it Garnett didn't do it they all would you welcome Limbaugh is then amounts of respiratory -- that you. Thinking -- it was in the Sox thanks much of an operation to give -- -- that. OK guys thanks very much so we know all about -- match on give us three keys for the bulldogs to become national champ why I think it starts with tempo we're talking about two totally different teams here. And UConn Huskies won -- push the tempo. Butler needs to control that they need to get out early control the tempo number two would be used every bit the shot clock possible. I mean you look at this Butler team they're not the most athletic they're and they're not really the most. You know polished athletes will say we look at Matt Howard. You know this is not the guy that was highly recruited -- Being used every bit of that shot clock take advantage of wearing now those UConn Huskies and lastly the bottom line is you've got to protect the ball. If -- Butler Bulldogs you cannot afford to turn the ball over and not take advantage of every possession. Value every possession that's the only way but was going to be ought to walk out with a win but -- the favorite you've gone what are three things the Huskies have to do. The cut down the -- and used in its funny you call them the favorites at this point just I -- guys who vague idea see point favorites is out the window I mean we've seen that from our predictions throughout the course of this tournament. There are favorites anymore but I will say UConn. On paper. Did the sixty feet and sent the sixth. Number one you gotta protect Campbell walking that's the thing I said last week -- coming into this game they just play you've got to protect Campbell -- you can't let him matched up. And work too hard on defense didn't foul trouble take him out of the game Jim Calhoun did a great job of that putting him to. You -- if you know Shabazz Napier took over this point guard duties. Put him that the to let him run off the screens which is very important not only saves his legs. It keeps him from getting those active drive into the lane offensive fouls protects Campbell walker -- -- went. Jeremy land Jeremy lamb has been playing such good basketball I think he's he's got to get don't know I mean with the seventeen points again. He shoots the ball so well he's obviously his number one strength. What people don't realize how long has the length he has really gives a lot of opportunities to you can't. He's he's a match -- nightmare for anybody so that's something to watch if you get him going early. He's gonna be a tough one to handle no second chance opportunities -- -- so that I wrote down and I wrote this down watching the game watching Butler play. They get a lot of second chance opportunities and they're not a very athletic. Aggressive team like that there's some teams Michigan State in 2000 I was at Penn State. And they would throw the ball off the glass in just go get second chance opportunities is what got them that championship. Butler somehow without the athletes just out efforts ever -- And I thought that's a term but they do that out effort ever -- and that's why the red area okay Alex or hockey gives you on a presence in the paint the big men standing by. -- -- -- Thanks Brian. Alex I've seen your -- since we just discussions been ninth rated the Preston school. What what is this feel like -- -- did you think this was this was possible and committed you've got. I've got to really know what to expect them go to to UConn. -- -- know is had opportunity in. -- my first you know or weren't even able to make accidentally turnovers so they'll bust to come back my second year perhaps overly frustrated. You have very low expectation go to the season to get this far it goes this those -- to prove the world. Everybody talked about -- steam -- camp his kids you know chemist camp mentality the freshmen and sophomores. When did this group grow from campus kids to real. -- think bombs toward the end of the season especially toward the big east term. Message comes from Germany where -- step and you know from being able to have big games and not the best is that what we needed them. -- -- boy but I hope come out of matches walks -- Knowledge of little ball and scored thirty points a Davidson makes is better. It's not what you play for a long time and we know your your place sometimes is you play hard all the time and sometimes you admit you don't. -- Matt Howard coming up. Are definitely have to learn you -- -- as well as give him a soft we have -- not that there are beautiful about bill payers a lot of I can't leave all them -- because. No matter how is definitely that does that so doesn't there have to match his intensity. Give me your best Jim Calhoun story of common -- -- that we can talked about on the sluggish there except at. -- if they don't second I don't Jamal your your boy is kind of the whipping boy before. You you've had some of your share of of Tom time Lastings from Calhoun have you not. -- death they have not had them you know -- field I think he is it's all motivation that really -- beyond you know last help but think it's awful about it you know he's able to take note the star a lot of -- in the big east tournament. I think that's what really turn everything -- -- -- it is motivated me. It is Campbell is humble superstar. If you've ever been around you put against a lot of these kids. Come -- death through honestly covers the four most humble -- men. Does that -- -- them I watched from have been known as a kid has every reason the world to you know to be talking -- we just a low key guy. You're revisited here -- -- like. You have like all the star and to be honest but he's definitely the most humble you know messes you -- meant. Thanks slot outside appreciated back to. All right gentlemen thanks very much job we have reached a moment of truth hole was going to win the national championship a walk. You've asked me this you know beat it and every you really wrong if you -- -- I have been wrong every week I said VC you had no business trip and that I was one of those guys that gave them the chip on the shoulder that brought in the weather rat. I'm gonna go with the Butler and this is why. Butler and Brad Stevens understands what it takes to play at this level and they're the only team right now that is -- we talked about Campbell walker we talk about the UConn Huskies and knowing how to play -- basketball. Well that's all over the tournament's over now we're in the championship in the championships a whole another story. I look at big guys like Matt Howard. -- -- that's been their before they know what it takes to win they know what it takes to lose and I think you're gonna see that execution from Butler prevail. You can see them play forty minutes of basketball on offense and defense and that's what's gonna win this game I think eventually you -- luck runs out. And I think it's gonna happen this game and this is finally what we waited for we're gonna see his Cinderella. Winning national championship and a lot of people are gonna tune into watch it happen great stuff John. We appreciate -- such remember this one is for all the muscle milk. That is ridiculous would this have been the closest guy we have brought -- my muscle built its powerful protein drink a ball. Or -- with Jeff Goodman about Reagan Bob Bob Bryan Webber enjoy the game everybody. This clip was brought to you by muscle now gets powerful pro team drink evolved.