We’re just under an hour away from the 2011 NCAA Championship Game in Houston, site of the Final Four. Our two survivors are the Butler Bulldogs and Connecticut Huskies, who have made their way through the NCAA bracket to reach the final step in the tournament with a chance to be crowned the best team in college basketball this season. It’s a late start — especially for the East Coast — but is worth the wait to see Butler try for the title after falling short in 2010.
The NCAA Championship Game gets underway at 6:23 p.m. PDT, live on CBS. Jim Nantz and Clark Kellogg have the call again, with Gus Johnson probably sitting at home like the rest of us, screaming at the television like a nervous fan. We feel you pain Gus, and we miss you.
To get geared up for the game, check out our Butler team capsule and UConn team capsule. You can find the latest NCAA Championship Game odds, as well. UConn is favored, as expected, but only slightly. If Monday is any indication, America is rooting heavily for Butler again this year, just as the general public did last year.