There’s only one of these a year, so you’ll excuse us if we’re coveting the opportunity to cover our first national championship game tonight in Houston, Texas, between Connecticut and Butler. What can we say that already hasn’t been said about these two teams? UConn, with its crusty yet fiery old coach one step away from his third national championship and collegiate immortality; Butler, with its professorial yet focused young coach one step away from the first of what promises to be many more opportunities to make an indelible mark on this game over the next three decades. The matchup of the confident Kemba Walker, secure in the knowledge that he’s the best player in the country, versus the less celebrated duo of Shelvin Mack and Matt Howard, secure in the knowledge that wins trump hype at any level of this game. The public northeastern school against the private midwestern one. The regal power conference team against the aspiring mid-major. So many angles, so many storylines. At twenty minutes after 9 pm tonight, we’ll tip off the latest edition of what they all play for… the bright lights of Monday night. Join us.