According to overnight TV rating, the UConn-Butler NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Championship Game, historic for Butler’s worst-ever title game shooting (18 percent), drew a 13.3 overnight rating.
That number is down from the 2010 match-up featuring Duke and Butler, which drew 17 percent of the market. It is, however, up from the 2009 game between North Carolina and Michigan State, which a 12 percent market share.
All-in-all, the 13.3 percent can’t be considered awful. Butler’s shooting was historically bad and it appeared for a long time they may not reach 40 points. They barely did, losing 53-41. The game went for long stretches without points being scored.
SB Nation used phrases like “debacle” and “disastrous showing” in reviewing the game today.
The game certainly was not a great showcase for high-quality basketball. You certainly don’t want to make UConn feel like it should apologize. Butler was awful, missing layups, open jumpers and generally not being able to get out of its own way. The Huskies, however, had a lot to do with that.
‘Sad’ game or not, the Huskies are a deserving champion.