The 2011 NCAA Championship Game between UConn and Butler begins Monday night, April 4. It's the second trip in a row for the Horizon League Bulldogs, while the Huskies are going for their third NCAA title in just over a decade.
Game time, TV schedule, and announcers: Tip-off is set for 9:23 pm ET, with CBS' coverage beginning at 9 pm ET. Jim Nantz will prep for his Masters weekend by trotting out a piece of wordplay so obvious that somehow Twitter will prove to be incapable of predicting it. He's joined by the capable Clark Kellogg and sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson, who will be kept far from Kemba Walker's Kemba Kem Juice.
Location: Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas, the football arena whose sight lines received much hurrumphing for perhaps contributing to some sketchy shooting during Saturday's Final Four games. This could be a problem, and Nantz smells catch phrase opportunity.
How did we get here? Both teams had largely disappointing regular seasons, but caught fire at the right time. UConn famously won five games in five nights to take the Big East title, while Butler pulled off a last-second win against Old Dominion in ... well, actually every Butler win is a last-second win.
Vegas says: UConn was favored by 4 to start the week, but Butler's now only a 3-point underdog.