2011 Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament

75 Years of March Madness (NCAA)

2011 NCAA Tournament | Bracket

Champion: Connecticut

Most Outstanding Player:Kemba Walker, Connecticut

Final Four:Connecticut, Butler, Kentucky, VCU

Shining Moments

  • Walker simply wouldn’t let Connecticut lose. He helped the Huskies win 11 consecutive single-elimination games, including five-games-in-five-days at the Big East tournament. In those 11 games, Walker averaged 24.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.0 assists. It was one of the best individual stretches in recent memory.
  • The ending of Pittsburgh vs. Butler. Andrew Smith gave Butler a one-point lead with 2.2 seconds left. On the ensuing desperation shot, Pitt’s Gilbert Brown was bumped out of bounds, but only made the first free-throw. After missing the second, the rebound fell into the arms of Butler’s Matt Howard, who attempted a 90-foot heave – while being fouled by Nasir Robinson. Howard would hit the game-winning foul shot.
  • A matchup between a No. 8 seed and a No. 11 seed in the Final Four. It was a tournament of upsets, with four double-digit seeds in the Sweet 16 – and a battle between VCU and Butler for the right to go to the national championship game was fitting. VCU’s run from First Four to the Final Four was also tremendous becoming the first to win five games before the national semifinals.
  • Brandon Knight’s two game-winners. The freshman guard made a driving basket with 2.0 seconds left to beat Princeton in the first round, then knocked down a jumper with 5.4 seconds left to beat top-seeded Ohio State in the Sweet 16.
- Jeff Borzello

Championship Game

Location: Houston

1 2Total
Butler221941
Connecticut193453
 

Butler (41)
M. Howard, F371-131-64-426001027
S. Vanzant, G362-101-50-028223015
S. Mack, G364-154-111-2491301113
A. Smith, C292-90-01-269111135
C. Stigall, G163-113-90-012101019
R. Nored, G260-20-12-434002042
K. Marshall, F80-20-00-212000020
Z. Hahn, G70-20-10-000000020
C. Hopkins, G40-00-00-000000010
G. Butcher, F10-00-00-000000000
Totals 12-649-338-14194056821741
 18.8%27.3%57.1% 
Connecticut (53)
K. Walker, G375-190-46-7190210216
J. Lamb, G-F314-81-23-4172111212
A. Oriakhi, F-C255-60-01-12110004211
R. Smith, F220-20-10-014020440
T. Olander, F71-30-00-023100012
S. Napier, G271-60-22-204232014
N. Giffey, G-F241-30-12-236020014
C. Okwandu, C131-30-00-045000122
D. Beverly, G81-20-00-000110002
J. Coombs-McDaniel, F60-30-10-012000000
Totals 19-551-1114-1615516114101553
 34.5%9.1%87.5% 

All-Tournament Team

PlayerPos.Yr.SchoolStatistics
*Kemba WalkerFJr.Connecticut6 games: 23.5 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2.7 apg
Jeremy LambGJr.Connecticut6 games: 17.7 ppg, 3.7 apg
Matt HowardGSr.Butler6 games: 16 ppg, 16 3-pointers, 3.4 assist/turnover ratio
Shelvin MackGSo.Butler6 games: 15.4 ppg, 17 3-pointers, 4.8 rpg
Jamie SkeenGSo.VCU6 games: 15.8 ppg, 7 rpg
* - Named Most Outstanding Player.
Scoring Leader: Kyle Singler, Duke (108 points, 6 games, 18.0 ppg).
Highest Scoring Average: Jordan Crawford, Xavier (29 ppg, 3 games); Jimmer Fredette, BYU (29 ppg, 2 games).

2011 Tournament Scores

OPENING ROUND
East
No. 12 Clemson 70, No. 12 UAB 52
No. 16 Texas-San Antonio 70, No. 16 Alabama State 61

Southwest
No. 11 Virginia Commonwealth 59, No. 11 Southern Cal 46

Southeast
No. 16 UNC Asheville 81, No. 16 Arkansas-Little Rock 77 (OT)

SECOND ROUND
East
No. 1 Ohio State 75, No. 16 Texas-San Antonio 46
No. 8 George Mason 61, No. 9 Villanova 57
No. 5 West Virginia 84, No. 12 Clemson 76
No. 4 Kentucky 59, No. 13 Princeton 57
No. 11 Marquette 66, No. 6 Xavier 55
No. 3 Syracuse 77, No. 14 Indiana State 60
No. 7 Washington 68, No. 10 Georgia 65
No. 2 North Carolina 102, No. 15 Long Island 87

West
No. 8 Michigan 75, No. 9 Tennessee 45
No. 1 Duke 87, No. 16 Hampton 45
No. 5 Arizona 77, No. 12 Memphis 75
No. 4 Texas 85, No. 13 Oakland 81
No. 6 Cincinnati 78, No. 11 Missouri 63
No. 3 Connecticut 81, No. 14 Bucknell 52
No. 7 Temple 66, No. 10 Penn State 64
No. 2 San Diego State 68, No. 15 Northern Colorado 50

Southeast
No. 1 Pittsburgh 74, No. 16 UNC Asheville 51
No. 8 Butler 60, No. 9 Old Dominion 58
No. 5 Kansas State 73, No. 12 Utah State 68
No. 4 Wisconsin 72, No. 13 Belmont 58
No. 11 Gonzaga 86, No. 6 St. John's 71
No. 3 BYU 74, No. 14 Wofford 66
No. 7 UCLA 78, No. 10 Michigan State 76
No. 2 Florida 79, No. 15 UC Santa Barbara 51

Southwest
No. 1 Kansas 72, No. 16 Boston University 53
No. 9 Illinois 73, No. 8 UNLV 62
No. 12 Richmond 69, No. 5 Vanderbilt 66
No. 13 Morehead State 62, No. 4 Louisville 61
No. 11 Virginia Commonwealth 74, No. 6 Georgetown 56
No. 3 Purdue 65, No. 14 St. Peter's 43
No. 10 Florida State 57, No. 7 Texas A∓M 50
No. 2 Notre Dame 69, No. 15 Akron 56

THIRD ROUND
East
Ohio State 98, George Mason 66
Kentucky 71, West Virginia 63
Marquette 66, Syracuse 62
North Carolina 86, Washington 83

West
Connecticut 69, Cincinnati 58
San Diego State 71, Temple 64 (2OT)
Duke 73, Michigan 71
Arizona 70, Texas 69

Southeast
Butler 71, Pittsburgh 70
Florida 73, UCLA 65
BYU 89, Gonzaga 67
Wisconsin 70, Kansas State 65

Southwest
Richmond 65, Morehead State 48
Virginia Commonwealth 94, Purdue 76
Florida State 71, Notre Dame 57
Kansas 73, Illinois 59

REGIONAL SEMIFINALS
East
North Carolina 81, Marquette 63
Kentucky 62, Ohio State 60

West
Connecticut 74, San Diego State 67
Arizona 93, Duke 77

Southeast
Florida 83, BYU 74 (OT)
Butler 61, Wisconsin 54

Southwest
Kansas 77, Richmond 57
Virginia Commonwealth 72, Florida State 71 (OT)

REGIONAL FINALS
East
Kentucky 76, North Carolina 69

West
Connecticut 65, Arizona 63

Southeast
Butler 74, Florida 71 (OT)

Southwest
Virginia Commonwealth 71, Kansas 61

NATIONAL SEMIFINALS
Butler 70, Virginia Commonwealth 62
Connecticut 56, Kentucky 55

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Connecticut 53, Butler 41
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