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The National Title Was Bad, But It Wasn't Nearly As Bad As The 2011 Game

This year's game was not good, but it wasn't 2011-level bad.

Monday's national title game between North Carolina and Gonzaga was bad.

The officiating was poor. There were a ton of fouls. There were some big missed calls.

The players were bad, too.

UNC's two best players were a combined 13 for 38 from the field. As a team, the Tar Heels were 4 for 27 from the 3-point line and 15 of 26 from the charity stripe.

Gonzaga's best player was 5 for 17 from the floor. Four different Bulldogs turned the ball over multiple times.

It was choppy and slow and at the end of all of it, North Carolina emerged with a 71-65 victory.

There was a not-so-distant national title game that was significantly worse, though.

The 2011 national title game between UConn and Butler was horrific.

Look at this box score:

UConn, which won, scored less than 20 points in the first half. The Huskies were 1 for 11 from the 3-point line.

Butler, which deservedly lost, made just three two-point shots the entire game. The Bulldogs made three times as many 3s as they did 2s, and they were pretty bad from the 3-point line, going 9 for 33.

So, yeah, this year's game stunk. But at least it wasn't 2011-bad.