At times during the NCAA Tournament, it seemed as if Matt Howard was a mad-man, clanking every single shot from behind the arc. But on Monday, Howard finally buried a three, hitting his second attempt from beyond the arc to get Butler going on the offensive end, at least for the moment. It still hasn’t been pretty, and mistakes are plaguing both teams, but the Butler Bulldogs and Connecticut Huskies may be finding a rhythm on the offensive end.
The defense has been as advertised for both teams, but UConn broke through with a quick 5-0 run triggered by — who else — Kemba Walker. The all-everything junior made his first field goal after starting the game 0-5 before promptly hitting his next, a lay-in, while being fouled. Five points by Walker gave UConn the 13-8 lead before Butler cut the deficit to four with one of two free throws on the next possession.